Preventing winter fires in your home

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WYOMING, Wyo. To put a freeze on a potential winter holiday fire, the Wyoming State Fire Marshal’s Office is providing tips.

Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

More than half the home decoration fires in December are started by candles.

More than one-third of home decoration fires are started by candles.

The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve.

Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.

Even though Christmas tree fires aren’t as common, they still are very dangerous and highly preventable. On average, one of every 52 reported home Christmas tree fires result in death.

A heat source too close to the Christmas tree causes one in every four winter fires.

Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.

Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Make sure your tree does not block exits.

Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry.