According to the children’s picture book, Elf on the Shelf, Santa knows who’s been good or bad because his scout elves visit children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and report back to him.
In a turnabout, the Elf on the Shelf is being reported on by local fire departments. He’s posing a fire hazard. According to WBZ-TV Boston the elf’s game of hide and seek has become dangerous in some homes.
In Maryland, firefighters say he got too close to a ceiling fan and started a small fire. In Alberta, Canada, he hid too close to a light bulb and started a small fire.
Holiday decorations, including the Elf on the Shelf, can catch fire and should be kept away from heat sources. NFPA’s safety tips, including the Winter Holiday Safety, Candle Safety, Heating Safety and Christmas Tree Safety tips sheets offer more advice for staying safe throughout the holiday season, whether you’re naughty or nice.