During the holiday season, first responders observe a spike in fires.

The National Fire Protection Association asks the public to test their smoke alarms and ensure that guests know about a home fire escape plan.

Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from lit candles, keep matches and lighters in a locked cabinets, stay in the kitchen when cooking, keep decorations away from candles and to make sure to turn off light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

More than a third of home decoration fires are started by candles. Forty-two percent of decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

For more information, go to NFPA.org/Education.

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