Holiday fire prevention

Each year fires during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals, and cause more than $930 million in damage.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are simple life-saving steps to ensure a safe and happy holiday.

By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty.

Preventing tree fires
A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases.
– When buying a tree, have the vendor make a fresh cut an inch from the bottom
– Don’t buy a tree that is dry and dropping needles. To check for freshness, loosely grip the end of a branch and pull your hand over it. Only a few needles should fall off.
– Make sure the lights are safe. When using lights outside, make sure they are meant for outdoor use.
-Discard any strings of lights that are frayed or broken.
– Unplug the Christmas tree before leaving or going to bed.
– Make sure the tree stand holds plenty of water, and don’t let it run out.
– Keep the tree at least three feet from radiators and fireplaces.
Avoid using lit candles
– Make sure candles are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning.
– Don’t go near a holiday tree with open flame-candles, lighters or matches.
Finally, as in every season, have working smoke alarms installed on every level at home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times.

To report a fire, dial 112 from a DSN line and 06371-47-112 from a commercial line.

For more information, contact the Fire Prevention Office at 480-5940.