I'm wondering if the writers of these popular ditties were considering fire safety while crafting these lyrics:
It doesn't show signs of stopping, and I bought some corn for popping...
Popcorn, yum. But I'm hoping someone is watching over the corn while it's being popped to perfection. (Admit it: stove top popcorn is the tastiest.) According to NFPA, two of the peak days for home cooking fires are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...
With care, and hopefully with safety in mind. Between 2009-2013, more than 850 home fires were started by holiday decorations. In nearly half of those fires, reports NFPA, decorations were way too close to a heat source.
Please have snow, and mistletoe, and presents on the tree...
Umm, don't forget water in that tree stand, too. Trees should be watered daily to prevent this sort of travesty:
One of the best ways to fight human error during the holidays is through fire sprinklers. Understanding how fire can easily disrupt any holiday host's well-thought-out party, a sprinkler advocate has come forward to promote this life-saving device. "The cost of fire during the holiday season is staggering," writes John Viniello in a letter to a local publication. "There is a solution, however. Quite simply, newly constructed homes must have an automatic fire sprinkler system. It's like having a 24-hour firefighter standing by you to protect you and your loved ones from fire."
While urging readers to learn more about these devices (NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative site is a good place to start), Viniello also noted that not installing sprinklers in new homes is like having a cure for a deadly disease and not using it. "It will be the best Christmas present ever given to your family," says Viniello, retired president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association.
NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative team wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season! Here's to a safer New Year!