Wishing a Fire Safe Holiday Season
It’s the time of year that friends and family gather to celebrate our beliefs and strengthen ties that have been formed. With that also comes the unforeseen danger of fire. If we plan ahead for some known hazards, it will help keep us safer and better equipped for handling emergencies. Here are some tips for everyone to keep in mind.
We remind everyone of the dangers of burning candles. According to the NFPA one third of holiday fires are caused by candles that are too close to materials that will burn. Keep burning candles and menorahs a foot away from combustibles and out of the reach of children. Candles should not be left burning unattended. December has the most candle fires of the year and most of them start in the bedroom. Battery powered candles that are scented are a good alternative.
Live Christmas Trees add to the ambiance of the season and smell festive. They can also be a deadly fire hazard if not cared for properly. Winter brings low humidity to our area and results in dried out tree bristles. They should be kept watered daily to prevent this hazard. A short or overheating of lights can start a fire that will take off explosively if the tree is dried out. Always inspect the lights and replace if wires are worn or frayed.
With the snow season approaching, we want to remind all to keep their hydrants visible and clear of snow located near your residence. Seconds count in an emergency and shoveling out a hydrant may not be possible after snow thaws and refreezes a few times!