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Holiday Season Reminder: Be Careful with Candles

Nothing spreads cheer quite like holiday decorations, but care must be taken to ensure your festive winter décor is fire-safe...
December 20, 2017

Nothing spreads cheer quite like holiday decorations, but care must be taken to ensure your festive winter décor is fire-safe. To decrease the risk of a home fire, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that popular holiday decorations such as candles and string lights can cause tragedy when not used correctly.

“December is the time of year for home candle fires to occur, and nearly half of decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source,” said Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Taking a few basic precautions can help prevent these types of fires from occurring and causing a potential tragedy.” Consider these tips when you bring out the holiday decorations this year.

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