The Fire Department's Wish List for a Safe & Happy Holiday Season
Here are a few safety tips and reminders to ensure families stay safe during this celebratory season!
Looking for that special gift for family and friends? What better way to show you care than to give a smoke alarm or fire extinguisher. Fire fighters know that battery-operated smoke alarms are life-savers. Every level of the home should have a smoke alarm. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
In fire extinguishers, a multi-purpose dry chemical type is a wise choice. Make sure the fire extinguisher is kept in an accessible place and the owner knows how to use it properly. Every home, boat, camper and trailer should have a fire extinguisher.
There is nothing more appealing on a cold winter's night than a blazing fireplace and the warm glow of candles. But open flame can be an invitation to disaster. Never leave fire unattended. Keep combustible materials including decorative items, trees and wreaths away from lit candles. Place a glass shade or hurricane chimney over lit candles and place them out of reach of children. When you go out, blow out! ALWAYS blow out candles before leaving the room. Don't let fire ruin your holiday celebrations.
Enjoy the holiday season but be cautious with your Christmas tree. Buy a freshly cut tree and keep the stand full of water at all times. Keep it away from all heat sources and make sure it doesn't block a doorway. Check all decorative lights before placing them on the tree and discard any frayed or damaged lights and cords. Never place lighted candles on or near the Christmas tree. When large amounts of needles begin to fall off, it's time to get rid of the tree.
It's a fact that many fire deaths are caused by people attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, their families are often victims as well. Alcohol and fire are a dangerous mix. A lit cigarette dropped on the couch or a forgotten pan of grease on the stove could mean disaster for you and your family. If someone in your household cooks or smokes while intoxicated, you must be aware of the risk. Keep a watchful eye on drinkers and make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home.
Never leave food cooking unattended on the stove. Keep pot handles turned toward the back of the stove: a small child could pull on a handle extending out at the front of the stove and be burned or scalded by the pot's contents. Avoid loose clothing while cooking: loose clothing can brush heating elements and easily catch fire.