FIRE PREVENTION/PUBLIC SAFETY

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HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY

Christmas tree safety:

Three different ways to buy a tree:
A) Cut the tree yourself.
B) Buy a tree already cut.                                                                                                 
C) Buy artificial tree.

If you cut the tree yourself:

    •  This is the freshest way to get a tree.
    •  Get tree home,& get it in water as soon as possible.
    •  Make sure your stand is made to handle your size of tree, & has a big water holder.
    •  Keep tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source.
    •  Check all lights before putting on the tree.
    •  MAKE SURE THAT YOU KEEP THE TREE WATERED !

If you buy a tree already cut:

  • Check tree by, grabbing a branch, run your hand down the branch. If needles fall off ,tree is not very fresh, look for another one.
  • Get tree home and cut a couple inches off the bottom of the tree. This will allow water to get up into the tree.
  • Again, have correct stand for size of tree, with large water holder.
  • Check lights before putting on tree.
  • Keep tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source.
  • KEEP TREE WATERED AT ALL TIMES.

If you buy an artificial tree:

  • Buy an approved tree. (UL or FM etc.)
  • Make sure tree has been treated with a flame retardant.
  • Make sure it is fire resistant.
  • Again check lights before putting on tree.
  • Keep tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source.
 

Kitchen fire safety:

  • Do not leave food unattended.
  • Turn off heat when you leave the kitchen.
  • Unplug small appliances when done using them.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Keep kids out of kitchen when cooking.
  • Keep combustibles away from stove.
  • Wear tight fitting clothes while cooking.
  • Always turn pot handles in over stove.
  • Don’t ever try to remove burning item from house.
  • Cover with lid, & turn heat off.


Lights & decorations:

    •  Always check lights & decorations before using.
    •  Check for worn spots, or slices in cords.
    •  If you find a bad cord, replace it.
    •  Use outdoor lights outside. Don’t ever use indoor lights outside.
    •  Make sure when you leave the house you unplug the lights.
    •  Make sure decorations are treated with a flame retardant, & are fire resistant.
    •  Candles, make sure when you go out, you blow out !!!!!

Smoke Detectors:

    •  Make sure your smoke detectors are working !
    •  We are adding lots of extra fuel to our homes this time of year.
    •  The opportunity for something to happen has been doubled with all the decorations.
  AND REMEMBER:
    •  Test your smoke detectors once a month.
    •  Replace those batteries at least once a year.  A good suggestion is twice a year. 

HAVE A FIRE SAFE CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
AND
HAVE A FIRE SAFE NEW YEAR !!!