FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - If you have already finished or will be decorating for the holidays, please follow the simple tips below from the Franklin Township Fire Prevention Department to help ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

HOLIDAY DECORATING  

Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. 

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Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. 

Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. 

Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect. 

Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged. 

Keep decorations away from windows and doors. 

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING 

Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan. 

Keep children and pets away from lit candles. 

Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet. 

Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop. 

Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them. 

Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

Before heading out the house or going to bed it is a good idea to blow out lit candles and turn off all decorative lights.

A few fire facts:

Holiday decorations are most likely to happing in the living room, family room or den.

Almost half of all home decoration fires are started by candles.

Half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.