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Safety Tip: Stay Safe this Holiday Season


12/06/16
               

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Each holiday season, fire departments across the U.S. respond to an average of 230 home fires started with Christmas trees. Electrical failures or malfunctions are a Christmas treefactor in one third of all Christmas tree fires. Stay safe this holiday season by following a few simple safety tips.

  • Live Christmas Trees:
    • Buy a fresh tree – needles should not break off easily
    • Place the tree at least 3 feet away from all heat sources
    • Keep the tree in a water-filled stand and water daily. Brown needles or lots of fallen needles indicate a dangerously dried-out tree which should be discarded immediately. Watch the difference!
    • Decorate with lights that have a label from a recognized testing laboratory. Throw away any lights with worn or broken cords or loose connections
    • Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights together
    • Dispose of your live tree after the holiday or when it becomes dry
    • Turn off all lights on your live tree before leaving home or going to bed
  • Candles — add a festive feeling, and should be placed in stable holders and located away from curtains, drafts, pets and children. Never leave candles burning attended, even for a short time.
  • Holiday lights — should be checked for fraying or broken wires and plugs. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when joining two or more strands together, as a fire hazard could result from overload. Enjoy indoor holiday lighting only while someone is home and turn off lights before going to bed at night.
  • Fire extinguishers – keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher within easy reach. Extinguishers specifically formulated for grease and cooking fuel fires are available and can supplement an all-purpose extinguisher. To operate the extinguisher, use the P.A.S.S. method: Pull. Aim. Squeeze. Sweep.
  • Smoke alarms – make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home. Request a free Home Fire Safety Visit and we’ll install smoke alarms, as needed.
  • Escape plan – having an escape plan is one of the most important measures to prevent death in a fire.  Put your plan together today!

For more information, call the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s Prevention Division at 928-1700.

 

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