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'Tis the season for house fires

'Tis the season for house fires
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House fires tend to spike at this time of year, so you need to be extra careful.

Candles are the most common cause of holiday-related fires. And they can cause a lot of damage.

"We know that Christmas week is among the top three weeks of the year for candle-related claims," said Kate Hollcraft with Allstate insurnace. "The median cost for those claims is about $50,000."

Hollcraft says Christmas tree fires continue to be a problem and these fires can do a lot of damage.

"The median cost for Christmas tree-related claims is more than $100,000 and more importantly than the cost, we've see people's entire homes burn down, their cars burn," she said/ "We've seen people lose their lives by not taking a little bit of extra precaution with their Christmas tree."

Play it safe. Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working and that your fire extinguishers – you should have a few around the house – are full. Everyone in the family should know where they are and how to use them.

Be especially careful with candles. Put them on a sturdy surface that is out of reach of children or  pets. Never leave a burning candle unattended. When you leave the room, it should go out.

“Make it a part of your routine to check every night that your candles are extinguished before you go to bed," Hollcraft said.

More Info: Allstate Data Shows Hazards Hit Close to Home During Holiday Season
 

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