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!|border=0|src=|alt=Full Tree Large 2|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Full Tree Large 2|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb07c691d5970d img-responsive!Fire safety is never far from the minds of NFPA staff members, even when it comes to choosing decorations for the organization’s Christmas tree.

The 12-foot artificial tree stands majestically in the lobby of NFPA headquarters, adorned with traditional ribbons, ornaments, and lights.

Anyone who takes a close look will notice an added feature rarely seen on a Christmas tree–fire safety equipment.


[Smoke alarms |] and home fire sprinklers hang from the branches as a reminder of the important role these devices play in saving lives.


NFPA's safety tips on smoke alarms tell us that smoke alarms should be installed inside and outside of each bedroom and sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

It is best to use interconnected alarms. When one sounds, they all sound.


Home fire sprinklers protect lives by keeping fires !|src=|alt=Smoke alarm tucked in tree 3|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Smoke alarm tucked in tree 3|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c721e8b6970b img-responsive! small. Because of the quick reaction of the sprinkler system, it can reduce the heat, flames, and smoke produced in a fire, allowing people more time to escape.

While the NFPA Christmas tree is festive, upon closer inspection it also has some valuable messages to share.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!A holiday tune strikes the right chord for fire safety planning

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With Christmas just a few more days away, for many of us our thoughts have turned from gift shopping for those special people on our list to food shopping for that delicious holiday meal we can't wait to serve. So as you begin your preparations, we here at NFPA stress the importance of fire safety, especially when you're in the kitchen.

Why is this so important? Because Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are at the top of the list for having the most cooking fires (Thanksgiving is number 1) in the U.S.! And with this important statistic, we recommend a few things to keep in mind to help lower your risk for accidents:

  • Keep an eye on what you fry
  • Be alert when cooking
  • Keep things that can catch fire away from cooking area

That's not so bad, is it? Hmmm, as a way to remember these quick three tips, maybe you can try it out in a new holiday family song! Oh, I may be smiling as I say this, but truly, NFPA is serious in its commitment to fire safety and to you, and we are here to support you all the way. Dinner

Our "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires" Campaign has some great resources you can use while preparing for the big day and the days that follow filled with good cheer, family and friends (and yes, even more eating!). We've got fact sheets and tip sheets, a video to watch and so much more.

Take some time to check out these and our other cooking fire safety resources, and remember to keep fire safety top of mind today and every day. Happy holidays, everyone, and stay safe! 

Sparky coloring Page

The holidays are a time for families and friends to come together. But that also means there’s a greater risk of fire. Sparky the Fire Dog’s color-by-number activity and coloring pages help remind the kids and adults about fire safety during the holiday season.

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