Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11 and October 9 (the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871) is Fire Prevention Day. If you think your home is fire safe, we officially invite you to reconsider. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and as the holidays approach, you’ll probably be cooking up a storm like most of us. Since Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas are the three peak days for home cooking fires each year, holiday fire safety should be a top priority.

We want your holidays to be bright and filled with family, friends and good food. As you prepare the house and table for the holidays, remember the words of Robert Adler, Acting Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): “There are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season. Adding safety to your checklist can keep a holiday tradition from becoming a holiday tragedy. Keep Christmas trees watered well, don’t leave candles unattended, and use caution whenever you are on a ladder.” To help you prepare for the holidays and keep your family safe, add these holiday fire safety tips to your to-do list.

1. Smoke Detectors
You should have at least one smoke detector and one carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home. An easy way to remember to change batteries is to install fresh ones when the time changes in spring and fall.

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