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Avoid Fires, Burglaries, Injuries at Holidays, Sawyer Urges

Corinth State Farm Agent Scott Sawyer Offers Practical Safety Tips


Corinth State Farm Agent Scott Sawyer has offered numerous safety tips for the Christmas holidays, especially when it comes to avoiding house fires.

Sawyer on Thursday shared some eye-opening statistics about injuries and even deaths that occur each year during the Christmas season.

Here are some holiday safety tips from State Farm.

  • Keep tree away from fireplaces and vents

  • Don’t stand on furniture to hang decorations

  • Keep breakable decorations out of the reach of children

  • Check lights for exposed wires

  • Park in well-lit areas when shopping

  • Check bank statements for suspicious activity

  • Don’t leave gifts in plain view in vehicles

  • Designate a sober driver ahead of time if you plan to drink at holiday parties

  • Don’t leave the stove or oven unattended

  • Keep children occupied when cooking is taking place

Fire Safety

Candles are potentially dangerous and should be extinguished before leaving the house or going to bed, Sawyer noted. Candles should be placed in stable holders and away from the reach of children.

“On average, candle-related fires cause 150 deaths and $385 million in property damage each holiday season,” according to State Farm.

Sawyer also pointed out that a dry Christmas tree can become engulfed in flames in seven seconds with flames reaching as high as 30 feet. The National Christmas Tree Association recommends adding one quart of water per day for each inch of the trunk’s diameter. Never use electric lights on a metallic tree because a broken wire could cause the tree to become electrically charged.

Don’t Entice Burglars

Another practical tip around the holidays is to avoid putting trash on the curb in public view that advertises expensive items you received for Christmas. This could encourage burglars to break into a home, Sawyer noted.

Make sure your home is childproof, and plants such as mistletoe, holly berries and Jerusalem cherries can be poisonous if consumed in large amounts. Also avoid decorating a tree with food items that a child may eat.

Click here for more safety tips from the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

More information can also be found by visiting the State Farm webpage and searching “Christmas.”

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