Fire Safety Tips for a “Scent”-sational Christmas

Fire Safety Tips for a “Scent”-sational Christmas

Christmas is a “High-Risk” time for fires, due to the high use of candles, lights and yes, increased consumption of alcohol. There would be nothing worse than facing the devastation and destruction of a house fire on one of the happiest times of the year. No one wants that to happen to their home, especially not at this time of year. However, if it does happen, it’s better to be prepared. It is likely that your home could face significant damage, both inside and out, and the fear of losing everything in your home is something that no one should experience. You may think that all of the hard work you did to make your house a home will have gone up in flames, but if you contact a restoration company in your area who specializes in fire and smoke damage as soon as possible, you may see some of it saved. After a devastating house fire, this is what everyone strives for; to live in their house once again. So, being prepared in the event of this happening could make the situation easier to cope with. That’s why it might also be worth checking that your home has insurance to cover the financial expense of a house fire. If your home hasn’t got this insurance, it’s probably a good idea to try and get some homeowners insurance quotes to make sure you get the best price on your insurance. If a house fire does occur at Christmas, it’s always better to have insurance to pay these expenses. Fires are a common cause of injury and can actually incur considerable medical fees so, while you’re considering covering your property, you might also want to think about covering your health and get a health insurance quote so that, if you do – God forbid – become involved in a fire and sustain burns or injuries, the last thing you’ll be worrying about will be financial concerns regarding treatment costs. Fires can be costly, so be sure to take extra care at Christmas. One of my friends recently had a fire risk assessment carried out at their work, so I’m abuzz thinking about all the possible risks thanks to them talking about it so much. One of the biggest causes of house fires is unattended candles – so I would recommend the gift of safety with a Scentsy Wickless Warmer.


  • Place real Christmas trees securly in a sturdy based filled with water. Metal stands cause trees to dry out and become flammable.
  • Make sure your artificial tree is pre-treated to increase flame resistance.
  • Keep tree away from candles, heaters, fireplace or any other heat source.
  • Dispose of tree properly – Never burn a real tree in the fireplace.
  • View a video of how fast a “Dry” tree can develop into a fire.

Christmas Lights


  • Only buy Christmas lights with Approved Safety Standard.
  • Check all connections and look for any frayed wires.
  • Follow manufactures instructions.
  • If ever in doubt, Throw Them Out.
  • Do not overload plugs.
  • Unplug all Christmas lights when leaving the home or going to bed for the evening.


  • Make sure lights are to be used outdoors.
  • Check all connections and look for any frayed wires.
  • Follow manufactures instructions.
  • Never use indoor extension cords outside.
  • Keep outdoor cords above ground and out of puddles and snow.
  • Make sure trees that are lit outside are not touching power lines


  • Keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Trim the wick to 6mm (1/4 inch) each time before burning.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and air flow.
  • Never place a candle on top of a TV and keep far away from any drapes/curtains.
  • ALWAYS extinguish candles before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Never use candles on Christmas trees. (Real or Artificial)
  • Remember HOT WAX burns.

Remember there is a Safe Alternative to Candles … Scentsy Warmers.

Other Christmas Fire Safety Tips

  • Never burn wrapping paper in your fireplace.
  • Create a spark guard for all open flames.
  • Extingish cigarettes properly and do not allow ashtrays to overfill.
  • Check to make sure all your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors working properly.
  • Never remove batteries from smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors for use in childrens toys.
  • Clean out oven and stove prior to the Holidays.

From Our Home to Yours – Have a Safe and Joyous Christmas Season and a Happy New Year!!!

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