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Holiday season safety tips
Received from Maricopa Fire Department
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
MARICOPA, AZ -- Now that the holiday season is here, it is time to ensure that homes are protected from the typical fire hazards associated with this season.
Based upon data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires resulted in 21 deaths and 43 injuries last year nationwide. The City of Maricopa Fire Department offers the following safety tips:
Christmas Trees -- Live
Christmas Trees -- Artificial
- Always pick a fresh tree. One of the best and easiest ways to check is in the needles. Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches and the needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut.
- Never put the tree near a heat source like a fireplace, space heater, or decorative candles.
- Make sure the tree stays hydrated -- WATER WATER WATER!
- Make sure the tree is flame retardant.
- Maintain the lights; inspect them each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear.
- Do not overload electrical outlets. Never link more than three strands unless directions indicate it is safe to do so.
- Periodically check to make sure the wires are not warm to the touch. If they are, unplug them immediately!
- Use only non-flammable decorations and place all items away from heat sources.
- Do not block exits with decorations.
- Do not burn wrapping paper or packaging. All items should be disposed of properly and recycle whenever possible.
The City of Maricopa Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season. For any questions, please contact Public Information Officer Brad Pitassi at (520) 251-3888 or email at email@example.com.
- Avoid using lighted candles when ever possible. If candles are used, make sure the stand is stable, there is enough space around it from flammable objects, and never leave them unattended.
- Never put a candle on or near a tree.
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Have a happy -- and safe -- holiday season.