With the holiday season in full swing, the Emergency Management Office is encouraging everyone to take precautions to ensure that they and their staff
and families remain safe and injury-free throughout this festive time of year.
About 3,400 deaths were caused by fires, burns, and other fire-related injuries in 2017, according to the National Fire Protection Association. December is the peak calendar time for home candle fires, with fires jumping 1.5 times the national monthly
average. Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are the top three days for candle fires in America. According to the United States Fire Administration, this year alone, candles will cause an estimated 15,600 residential fires (an average of
25 per day) and $539 million in direct property damage. On average, 115 people die annually from home candle fires and another 903 are injured, according to the NFPA.
Be aware that some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.