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Holiday Fire Safety Message

Holiday Fire Safety Message

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Holiday Fire Safety Message
The City of Watertown Fire Department would like to remind you of some importantholiday tips to keep your family safe during the holiday season.· National Institute Safety Technology (NIST) conducted a study showing it only takes aChristmas tree 4 seconds to fully develop into a complete tree fire if ignited by an openflame.·December is the number one month for electrical fires typically caused by: extensioncords not used correctly, inside cords used outside including equipment made for insideuse only, using a small gauge extension cord for multiple items which may require moreelectricity than the cord can offer. This only leads to a break down of the cord and anelectrical failure.· 5800 falls occur each year during the holiday season due to trip hazards involvingholiday decorations· Be sure all your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and exitsare clearIf using a fresh Christmas tree:o
Choose a fresh green tree which needles don’t fall off when purchased
 o
Place a fresh cut approximately 2” from the base of the trunk to allow the tree to
absorb water while in the stando Keep you tree 3
from heat sources and NEVER use lit candles to decorate yourtreeo Always turn off the lights before leaving or going to bed and replace worn or broken bulbs After Christmas, dried trees are a danger and should not be burned inside a wood stoveor fire place. Trees should not be stored in the garage or against the home. Check with your community for proper disposal or recycling. (It may be a temporary bird shelter inthe back yard until you choose to recycle it to the curb)· Wrapping paper is highly flammable. It should not be burned in your fire place or woodstove.· If your Christmas tree is fresh cut, it is full of pitch which adds to creosote in yourchimney and may cause a chimney fire. These trees should NEVER be cut and burned in your homes heating system.The fire department thanks the community for their support throughout the year andinto the holiday season with the many baked goods and cards received. Yourappreciation allows us to realize we do make a difference in your daily life. We wish you all a happy holiday season and hope to keep you educated throughout the year on any concern you may have to keep your family safe. Any questions or concerns you may have are always welcome anytime, Holidaysincluded, so we can be sure you feel safe anytime while in our community.Capt. T.G. Kolb, Public Educator 315-785-7809 or email at tkolb@watertown-ny.gov 

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