Information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety:
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division reminds Minnesotans to celebrate safely this holiday season, keeping in mind the added fire risks our holiday traditions bring with them.
The period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day typically includes more fire fatalities than any other week of the year. On average, 121 structure fires occur each week in Minnesota; during the week of Christmas that number spikes to 189. These patterns are due primarily to additional cooking and increased use of candles, fireplaces and electric lights.
Fortunately, awareness and caution can keep the festivities from destroying our homes and holidays, says State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl. “Personal responsibility is the key to fire safety. We must look for potential threats and proactively prevent trouble.