Fire Safety for the Holidays
December 20, 2011
Alaska State Fire Marshal David Tyler offers these fire safety tips to help make your Holiday Season safe and memorable:
• When decorating for the holidays, guard against blocking exit doors with Christmas trees or decorations that could interfere with being able to escape in the event of a fire.
• Natural cut trees should be secured in a sturdy tree-stand to prevent falling or being knocked over.
• Christmas trees should be freshly cut and placed in water the entire time the tree is inside your home.
• Only use "cool lamp" holiday lights for inside decorations that have been approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as UL.
• Before stringing lights, check for loose connections, broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires or places where bare wire is exposed.
• Damaged sets of lights should be discarded.
• Always remember to turn off decorative lights when you leave your home or retire for the evening.
• Dispose of your tree when the needles begin to brown or fall in large quantities. This is a sign that the tree is dangerously dry.
• Keep flammable decorations away from heat sources.
• Do not overload electrical circuits.
• Consider using flameless battery powered candles instead of standard ones.
Tyler adds, "fire safe behavior can keep a fire from starting. Working smoke alarms, planning and practicing your fire escape plan and adding residential fire suppression sprinklers can ensure your family's safety from a fire during the holidays."
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