For Immediate Release: December 19, 2013

State Fire Marshal: Celebrate Safely this Holiday Season

RALEIGH -- During this year's holiday season, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin is reminding North Carolina families to prevent fires and injuries by taking a few simple steps when decorating, cooking, entertaining and heating their homes.

"It is so easy to get caught up in holiday preparations that we sometimes forget to exercise caution," said Goodwin. "By taking some simple precautions, families can keep their homes and families safe during the holidays and throughout the year."

"Prevention is the first step in protecting our families from fire," said Goodwin. "Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and home injuries. If we always remember to be attentive and alert when cooking, we can help prevent tragedies from occurring."Holiday Trees

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For more safety tips, go to the Safe Kids North Carolina website at or the National Fire Protection Association website at