Mineola, NY — Decorating with holiday candles? Consider the flameless kind — as December is the peak month for candle fires. The risk is so common that nearly one-third of us have left the room or fallen asleep while burning candles, according to a 2020 national American Red Cross survey.
“Decorating our homes safely during the holidays will allow us to enjoy the season while protecting our families,” said Neela Lockel, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island. “If candles are a part of your holiday celebration, please do not leave them unattended, keep them away from anything that could burn and place them out of reach from children and pets. If you can, consider using flameless candles, which are a safer option.”
The American Red Cross on Long Island also urges everyone to follow these decorating safety tips to prevent fires and injuries:
STAY SAFE FROM HOME FIRES Test your smoke alarms monthly and practice your home fire escape plan until everyone can escape in less than two minutes — the amount of time you may have to get out of a burning home before it’s too late.
Visit redcross.org/fire for more information, including an escape plan to practice with your family. You can also download the free Red Cross Emergency app (search “American Red Cross” in app stores).
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.