(Toledo News Now) - State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers wants to warn the public of factors which pose an increased fire threat during the holidays: decorative lighting, live Christmas trees and unattended candles.
"Used properly, these can be important family traditions," said Flowers. "While Christmas tree fires are not common, when they occur, they often become deadly."
According to the National Fire Protection Association, one-third of holiday fires are electrical failures.
DECORATIVE LIGHTING SAFETY TIPS
CHRISTMAS TREE SAFETY TIPS
Flowers encourages Ohioans to have a working smoke alarm installed on every level of the home, as well as in each bedroom or sleeping area. Each member of the household should know the home fire escape plan and practice it twice a year. Guests should be aware of the escape plan and the location of any fire extinguishers in case there is an emergency.
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