Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 Holiday Fire Safety Reminder

From our Fire Department Family to yours...

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people, injure 1,650 individuals and cause over $930 million dollars in damage nationally. Tacoma Fire Department (TFD) encourages you to follow these simple life-saving steps to ensure a safe and happy holiday season.

  • Always use candle sticks or non flammable holders.
  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
Christmas Lights
  • Do not link more than three lights strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe.
  • Any lights with worn, frayed or broken cords or loose bulbs should not be used.
  • Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S..
  • If you must leave the kitchen while preparing food, set a timer or carry a pot holder to remind you that food is cooking.
Christmas Trees
  • Keep your tree away from fireplaces, portable and baseboard heaters.
  • Try to keep fresh cut trees as moist as possible by giving it plenty of water each day.
  • Dispose of fresh-cut trees properly. Never burn it in a fireplace or wood stove.