Getting ready to do some holiday entertaining at home or headed out to a club to ring in the new year? While winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, there is a greater risk of fire. Following these few simple tips from NFPA will ensure a truly happy and fire-safe New Year celebration.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside. Provide deep ashtrays and wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
Nightclubs and other public assembly buildings
- Have a communication plan. Identify a relative or friend to contact in case of emergency.
- Pick a meeting place outside to meet family or friends if there is an emergency.
- Look for all available exits and be prepared to use the closest one.
- Note potential fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, pyrotechnics, or other heat sources.
- If an alarm sounds, you see smoke or fire, or other unusual disturbance, exit the building immediately.
- Once you are out, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operation
- If you want to ring in the new year with fireworks, the safest way is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
- Do not use consumer fireworks. In 2009, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,800 people for fireworks-related injuries.
- After the fireworks display, don’t let children near any fireworks that are left over; they may still be active.