With the Christmas holiday quickly approaching, we would like to remind you of some safety tips when preparing for the holidays:
Preparing your Christmas Tree:
- Caring for Your Tree – Don’t place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
- Also be sure to frequently water the tree to prevent it from becoming extremely dry and easy to ignite.
- Maintain Your Holiday Lights – Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
- Do Not Overload electrical Outlets – Don’t link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch.
Quick Fact: Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million in damage.
Happy Holidays and be safe from the New Franklin Volunteer Fire Company!