Deck the halls with boughs of non-flammable holly, fa la la la la. Not quite the correct lyrics, but if the writer of that song worked for an insurance company they would have added that detail. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated "240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year." Together, these fires result in "21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage." Yikes, nothing like a yuletide fire gone wrong to ruin your holidays. Here are some home safety tips, from the USAA monthly home maintenance guide, for keeping your home safe and winter ready.
Check out these additional resources for even more tips to keep the abominable snowman away!
Winter Storm Question & Answers from USAA
Christmas Tree Fire Hazards (U.S. Fire Administration)
USAA's household checklist provides more tips to help stop damage from freezing weather.
Extreme Temperatures: Winterize Your Home Before a Storm (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes)
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