Transcript for How to Avoid Fire Hazards This Time of the Year
Next tonight, we turn to the hidden dangers of the holiday season. More home fires reported now than any other time of the year. Cooking, Christmas trees, they can all pose fire hazards, and ABC's Linzie Janis has tips for keeping your holiday safe. Reporter: Tonight a reminder the festive season bringing fire dangers. Authorities say the blaze ripping through this Manhattan apartment building injuring more than two dozen people was caused by a woman burning a candle while wrapping gifts, the sleeve of her bathrobe hanging in the open flame, catching fire. Parnltly she took the robe off and dropped it maybe on the floor or on a couch, left the apartment and left the door open. Now you have fire in the hallway. Reporter: The top four days for home candle fires in the U.S. Are Christmas eve and Christmas day and new year's eve and new year's day. We recommend flameless candles. Battery-operated candles. They look the same, they're very pretty. Reporter: But it's not just candles. There are more house fires in December and January than any other time. This demonstration shows just how quickly a real Christmas tree can go up in flames. Safety experts say keep real trees watered and turn decorative lights off when you're away or sleeping and when the tree gets dry, get rid of it. Another big cause of fire is all that holiday cooking. Safety experts reminding people never to use water on a grease fire. Use baking soda or smother it with a pan lid. Great advice.
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