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Holidays and apartment fires

For many people in Florida, the holiday season is a time for shopping, sharing and decorating. It is also a very common time for apartment fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, close proximity to a heat source was the leading cause of 26 percent of Christmas tree fires that occurred from 2010 to 2014.

Christmas trees

Christmas tree fires often occur when improper care is administered. People who decide to use live Christmas trees in their homes should keep them watered. Those who decide to use fake ones should be considerate about their location. Keep Christmas trees away from sources of heat, little children, pets and areas where they can be knocked over. Any decorations that are used should be inspected and tested to ensure they are in good working condition before stringing them up on the trees. Failure to do so can lead to the trees catching fire and becoming a big mass of kindling.

Candles

Some renters like to use candles in their homes during this time of year. To prevent accidental fire, injury and death, renters should keep their candles located in a safe and secure place where they cannot be knocked over. They should also keep them away from common areas that their kids and pets frequent. Never leave them unattended and keep flammable items at least 12-inches away from them, states INGUARD.

Extension cords

Renters should exercise caution when using extension cords. Electrical cords can fray and become damaged. Careful inspection before use to identify malfunctioning and damaged electrical cords can prevent sparks and accidental fires.

Christmas tree and holiday-related fires are preventable when the right precautions are taken and proper fire safety equipment is in use. Renters should make themselves aware of the dangers that exist and make safety a top priority.

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