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Fire Safety

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     During this holiday season when homes are decorated with festive trees and other displays, we ask that you take a minute to think about the dangers of home fires and consider these safety tips:
  • Consider an artificial tree this season. They're less flammable than live trees and don't require watering.
  • If you get a live tree, make sure it's fresh. Needles should be green and springy to the touch.
  • Cut 1 to 2 inches off the bottom of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand. A fresh cut allows the tree to absorb water. Place the tree in water right away.
  • Fill the tree stand with water everyday. Fill with water every morning and check it again in the evening.
  • Make sure a live tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source like floor vents, fire places, radiators, candles and lamps.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Always turn off tree lights or unplug them before going to bed or leaving the home.
  • Use lights that are approved by a national testing organization, like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Replace lights that have worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the umber of light strands you can safely connect. Make sure you are using the right lights for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Remove your live tree immediately after the holidays, even if you don't think it's dry.
  • Put working smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially inside and outside of all sleeping areas.
  • Remember to test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your fire escape plan.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan regularly.
       Information, in part, from Firehouse Magazine, December 2017 issue.

There's no question that home fire sprinklers save lives. Unfortunately, the majority of single family homes lack this important life safety feature. Please use extra caution this holiday season to help make sure your home is fire safe for you, your family and guests. Please contact our Fire Prevention Bureau weekdays at 330-626-4664 with any questions.

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