Holiday decorations can be a fire hazard

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Twin Falls residents may be surprised to find out that holiday decorations can also present a fire hazard according to a report from the National Protection Association.

Between 2012 to 2016, fire departments across America responded to an average of 170 home fires that were started by Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The report shows, holiday decorations can be a major factor in starting fires, but the majority of fires are due to good old fashioned candles.

A fire official with the Jerome Fire Department Fire told KMVT that the chimney can be a fire hazard during the holiday season that residents may not be aware of.

"Your also starting to see a lot of residue fires, and fires that happen within the chimney flute," said Benjamin Landrian, a Jerome firefighter.

Landrian also explained, that families should remember to always keep their chimney clean during the holiday season, and to never place their Christmas trees in front of an exit.

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