Prioritize safety during holiday activities which increase fire risk during this season

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Three of every five or 60% of candle fires start when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains or decorations, is too close to the candle, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Valley News/Courtesy photo
QUINCY, Mass. – Traveling for the holidays might not be on the menu due to COVID-19, but comfort food, festive decorations and cozy nights in are sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Unfortunately, these activities can often lead to fire, with Christmas Day and Christmas Eve as two of the top days each year for home fires caused by cooking and candles. The National Fire Protection Association encouraged everyone to keep safety in mind in order to lessen the chance that a fire will disrupt their holiday celebrations. “For a lot of people, December tops the list for the most heartwarming time of year, but it’s also a leading month for home fires in the U.S.,” Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy for NFPA, said. “Carefully decorating your home and mindfully
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