Fire safety all-important during next stretch of days
FARGO -- Presents have been opened, folks have filled up, and it's time to sit back and relax.
Before the holiday, and the year, is over, be wary of fire threats around the house.
Candles account for more than half of home decor fires in the month of December, and more than one-third year-round, according to the United State Fire Administration.
Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are when candle fires are most prominent.
Even though it's unlikely, your pine on the tree can only take up to thirty seconds to become engulfed.
Keep the tree at least three feet from heat sources.
One in four winter fires are caused because too many trees are close to heat sources, and especially when the new year arrives, either continue to water it or get rid of it when it's dry.
Cooking is the top cause of fires during the holidays and that's usually when food is left unattended.
Grease fires can be especially concerning, but don't use water to put it out.
"Just use salt or if you can safely just remove it from the heat source and keep it away from water, water will actually make the grease fire worse," said Captain Darin Nester, of the Fargo Fire Department.
The USFA also says property damage in holiday fires is 34-percent greater than during a regular fire.