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Holiday Fire Hazards

The holidays are a special time of the year when merriment and laughter are abundant. While the spirit of the season is easily conjured by fireplaces, Christmas trees, and decorative lights, occasionally these very items can be the cause of a tragic turn of events. According to the United States Fire Administration, holiday fires are responsible for over 400 deaths, 1,650 injuries, and $990 million in damages each year.

If you or anyone you know has incurred injuries during a household fire, contact an experienced Stevens Point personal injury lawyer at the law office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.

Safety Tips

Awareness of fire hazards and prevention can greatly reduce the risk of household fires. In order to help ensure that you and your loved ones enjoy a wondrous holiday season, we have gathered a few safety tips for reducing the risk of fire:

  • Never use a string of indoor lights outdoors, or vice versa. The lights are designed for safe placement in their respective environments.
  • Check all lights for missing or cracked bulbs, frayed wires, or electrical shorts. Replace bulbs if necessary; however, discard lights if they have frayed wires or show signs of an electrical shortage (sparking upon plug-in).
  • Only use small Christmas lights when decorating your tree. The larger bulbs produce too much heat and can create a fire hazard when placed on a dry tree.
  • Always keep your tree watered. Dry trees are highly flammable.
  • Do not place your tree near a fireplace or heating unit
  • Do not hang stockings above fireplace when in use.

By following these safety precautions, you can greatly reduce the risk of a household fire in your home.

Contact Us

Unfortunately, sometimes accidents are unforeseeable. Defective lights are a frequent cause of holiday fires. If you have suffered injuries resulting from a holiday fire, you may be entitled compensation. Contact a Stevens Point personal injury lawyer at the law office of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.