Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Published:
November 29, 2017
Category:
Fire Department
Contact:
Marlee Boenig - 270-393-3120
Location:
Bowling Green, KY

The holiday season is upon us and now, more than ever, we need to be mindful of fire safety since the colder months bring more chances of fire in our homes.

Here are a few fire safety tips to keep in mind during this busy time of year.

 

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

  • Check all smoke detectors and repair/replace any that don't work.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to properly use it.
  • Prepare an exit plan with a meeting spot outside and practice the plan with your family.
  • Keep fresh Christmas trees sufficiently watered DAILY so the needles don't dry out and shed.
  • Keep Christmas trees away from all heat sources and exits.
  • Make sure artificial trees are flame-retardant.
  • Never decorate metal trees with electric lights.
  • Only purchase UL listed lights and decorations.
  • Unplug lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
  • Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
  • Inspect and replace lights and extension cords with exposed wires or damaged cords.
  • Don't overload electrical outlets. Use power strips instead.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended or place them near combustibles.
  • Only burn well-seasoned, dry wood in your fireplace. Never burn paper in a fireplace.
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