It’s the holiday season, which means a higher concentration of fire hazards in the home than what is seen at other times of the year.  Between the heavy cooking and baking, candles, Christmas lights (and other decorations) and trees, plenty of opportunity exists for fire to develop if certain basic steps aren’t taken to avoid it.

Remember to keep your tree watered, even as it nears the end of its time in the home; ensure your fireplace is completely shielded and throw away lights that are showing signs of fraying or wear.

Here’s more information from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, with a series of included videos.