Monday, December 06, 2010

Tip of the Week: Fire Safety During the Christmas Season

The Detroit Fire Department urges residents to take the time this holiday season to observe the following fire precautions when using lighting, decorations, and Christmas trees. If you use a natural Christmas tree in your home, pleas keep your tree stand full of water and check it daily.

Other holiday fire safety tips include:
  • Keep the tree away from any heat source, such as a heat vent, radiator or fireplace, and out of exit paths;
  • Do not plug more than three sets of lights into one extension cord;
  • Make sure lights used outdoors have been approved for outdoor use and are waterproof; and
  • Smokers should keep smoldering cigarettes and cigar butts away from gift-wrapping, Christmas trees, lights and other holiday decorations.
If you use candles this holiday season, please remember to:
  • Keep burning candles, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children;
  • Don’t place candles near natural Christmas trees, decorations, draperies, or combustible items such as furniture, paper, and clothing; and
  • Place candles in sturdy, non-combustible holders.
Staying safe this holiday season is your Warrendale Tip of the Week, courtesy of the Detroit Fire Department.
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