SAFETY TIPS FOR THIS
Christmas Tree Fire Safety
In 1998, Christmas trees were the
first item ignited in 300 home fires, resulting in 11 injuries and
$8 million in direct property damage.
The leading cause of Christmas
tree fires and property damage was short circuit or ground fault
(21%). In this category, electrical failure other than short
circuit ranked second in number of fires, injuries and property
damage with the exception of the "other known" category.
According to the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA), cords and plugs were the leading
type of equipment involved in the ignition of Christmas trees.
Any string of lights with worn,
frayed or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not be
Always unplug Christmas tree
lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
Never use lit candles to
decorate a tree, and place them well away from tree branches.
Try to keep live trees as moist
as possible by giving them plenty of water daily. Do not
purchase a tree that is dry or dropping needles.
Choose a sturdy tree stand
designed not to tip over.
When purchasing an artificial
tree, be sure it is labeled as fire-retardant.
Make sure the tree is at least
three feet (one meter) away from any heat source and try to
position it near an outlet so that cords are not running long
Do not place the tree where it
may block exits.
Safely dispose of the tree when
it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are highly flammable
and should not be left in a house or garage, or placed against
Holiday Fire Safety
The winter holidays are a time
for celebration, and that means more cooking, home decorating,
entertaining, and an increased risk of fire due to heating
cooking is the
leading cause of home fires in the U.S. When cooking for holiday
visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range.
Provide plenty of large, deep
ashtrays for guests who smoke and check them frequently.
Cigarette butts can smolder in the trash and cause a fire, so
completely douse cigarette butts with water before discarding.
After a party, always check on,
between and under upholstery and cushions and inside trashcans
for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.
Keep matches and lighters up
high, out of sight and reach of children (preferably in a locked
cabinet). When smokers visit your home, ask that they keep
smoking materials with them.
Candle Fire Safety
December is the peak month for candle fires, with nearly twice the
average number of incidents.
44% of reported candle fires in the home started in the bedroom.
Extinguish all candles when
leaving the room or going to sleep.
Keep candles away from items
that can catch fire.
Use candleholders that are
sturdy, won't tip over easily, are made from a material that
can't burn and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
Don't place lit candles in
windows, where blinds and curtains can close over them.
Place candleholders on a
sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not use candles in places
where they could be knocked over by children or pets.
Keep candles and all open
flames away from flammable liquids.
Keep candlewicks trimmed to
one-quarter inch and extinguish taper and pillar candles when
they get to within two inches of the holder or decorative
material. Votives and containers should be extinguished before
the last half-inch of wax starts to melt.
Avoid candles with combustible
items embedded in them.
Dallas Fire-Rescue Safety tips
THE DALLAS FIRE-RESCUE
WISHES YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON