It’s time to deck the halls and raise awareness in your community about fire safety. “Project Holiday,” NFPA’s annual holiday fire safety campaign, provides a comprehensive library of information to help ensure the holiday season is a safe one. Consider these statistics:
Holiday cooking: On Christmas Day 2014, there were 780 reported fires in the U.S. involving cooking equipment, 65 percent above the average number of fires per day. On Christmas Eve there were 750 cooking fires reported, 57 percent above the average.
Candle fires: From 2009 to 2013 candles started 38 percent of home decoration structure fires. The top four days for home candle fires were New Year’s Day, Christmas, Near Year’s Eve, and Christmas Eve.
Christmas trees: Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they occur, they are more likely to be serious. From 2009 to 2013, U.S. fire department responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 7 deaths, 19 injuries, and $17.5 million in direct property damage annually.
“Project Holiday” provides easy access to not only these and other statistics, but safety tip sheets, videos, and materials for the kids.