Take steps to keep family, home safe when putting up decorations


Staying safe: Remember to keep your tree base filled with water at all times and away from heat sources. Routinely examine decorations, whether new or old, for potential safety hazards.

GREENFIELD — As area residents get into the holiday spirit, local officials are reminding them to celebrate safely.

As decorations go up, so does the danger for household fires, Greenfield Fire Chief James Roberts said this week.

“More typically, house fires across the nation are in your cold months,” Roberts said.

December and January are the most common times of year for home fires, deaths and injuries, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Dried-out Christmas trees, overloaded electrical outlets and open flames from holiday candles are just a few holiday hazards to watch out for, Roberts said.

“Everybody wants their house to be beautiful during the holidays,” he said. “You don’t really think about what might happen if it goes wrong.”

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