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7 Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating and Entertaining

Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating and Entertaining

As you play holiday music to decorate for the season, remember to follow safety measures to ensure homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire.

During the holiday season, over half of home fires caused by candles are started by something that can catch fire being too close to the candle, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact, home candle fires pose an increased threat to households across America each December. The seven fire safety tips in the slideshow above are important to remember as you light holiday candles, string up lights and gather with family and friends.

Learn how to keep your family safe through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. This holiday season, you can also help the Red Cross reduce home fire related deaths and injuries in at-risk communities by working with volunteers, local fire departments and community partners to install smoke alarms and provide fire safety education and training. Find giving options in the 2015 Holiday Gift Catalog.

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