The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 30 percent of all U.S. residential fires and 38 percent of deaths in home fires occur in December, January and February. Consider:
- There are an average of 1,550 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, making it the number one day of the year for such blazes.
- The top three days for residential fires started by candles are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
- Christmas tree fires cause an average of six deaths a year, 22 injuries and an estimated $18.3 million in damage. Fires ignited by electronic decorations cause six deaths, 47 injuries and an estimated $12.9 million in damage each year, the NFPA says.