Fire Department Holiday Safety Reminders

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Fire Department Holiday Safety Reminders

 

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it may be tempting to take a few short cuts. Fire Chief Scott Goldstein asks that you make sure that safety isn’t one of them!  

Christmas trees require special attention. When selecting a tree, freshness is important. Check the needles to make sure they are green and difficult to pull back from the branches. If the tree has been freshly cut, the needles should not break. Tap the tree on the ground several times and notice if any needles fall off. If they do, the tree is probably dried out and could be a fire hazard.  Water your tree daily and do not place the tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace, radiator, space heater or heat vent. Make sure your tree is in a sturdy holder and can't be knocked over by pets or children.

Using extension cords? Overloaded extension cords and outlets can present a serious fire safety hazard. Make sure that the extension cord is suitable for the electrical “load” needed. Do not place cords under furniture or rugs and never plug two extension cords together to increase the total length. Demanding too much power from an extension cord risks overheating and fire. Be sure to read all packaging and instructions carefully when purchasing an extension cord and ensure it is UL listed.

Holiday lights. Indoors or out, only use lights that have been tested by an approved testing laboratory for safety such as UL. All lights should be inspected for frayed wires, bare spots, broken or cracked sockets or excessive wear before plugging them in and discard any damaged sets of lights. Avoid stringing more than three light strands together.

Firing up the fireplace?  Cool your ashes! Every year “cold” ashes result in house fires. Treat all ashes and coals as HOT ashes, even when you think they have had enough time to cool. Your garage, house or deck are unsafe locations for ashes to cool and have been the site of many recent and devastating fires both locally and nationally. Take extreme care when disposing ashes and follow these tips:

Allow all ashes to cool in place for several days, when possible.

When it’s time to dispose of ashes, transfer them to a metal container and wet them down. Only use an approved metal ash bucket that has a tight fitting metal lid.

Store the container outside, away from structures, decks, fences, wood piles or other combustible materials.

Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up ashes and don’t dispose of ashes outside on a windy day.

The wind can whip up what may have seemed like cool embers, making them fiery hot, and igniting nearby combustibles.

Candle fires peak during the holiday season. Most holiday candle fires occur when people leave burning candles unattended or place candles too close to holiday decorations. Keep candles in sight, in a secure holder and on a safe surface away from children and pets. Consider using flameless, battery-operated candles making them much safer.

Give space heaters space and ensure at least a 3-foot clearance from anything that can burn. Do not overload the electrical circuit or use extension cords with space heaters. Always stay in the room while a space heater is operating and turn it off when leaving the room or going to sleep. Follow all manufacturer recommendations and make sure your space heater meets all safety standards.

Cooking is a top cause of holiday fires. Be alert, focused and stay in the kitchen when cooking. Keep things that can catch fire, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers and towels away from the cooking area. Make sure kids and pets stay at least three feet away from the stove and oven, hot food, and liquids to avoid serious burns.

Disposing of your tree – never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by having the County’s recycling service pick it up on the designated day(s).

Do you hear what I hear? Having working smoke alarms DOUBLE your chances of surviving a fire however smoke alarms do not last forever. If your alarms are 10 years old or older, they need to be replaced with new alarms. Bottom line: don't wait for a fire to test your smoke alarm.

 

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Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. With all that is going on during the holidays we still must pay attention to safety. Enjoy your day!

Dec 17, 2019 04:01 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Yes Roy, there's no short-cuts in fire prevention. Important message on Holiday safety reminders!

Dec 17, 2019 04:01 AM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Roy - the times are a bit hectic and certain things tend to be overlooked,  good safety habits/awareness are excellent reminders each and every day.  Don't be naughty, be nice and stay safe.  

Dec 17, 2019 06:28 AM #4
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Roy,

Great safety reminders for the Christmas Season.  We just have a wreath on our entry door...A

Dec 17, 2019 06:58 AM #6
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Roy - it is heartbreaking when we hear of loss of life during the holiday because of fire safety.  I hope everyone reads this.

Dec 17, 2019 07:02 AM #8
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

This time of year presenets all kinds of fire hazards that we don't often think of.  It's good to have reminders.

Dec 17, 2019 07:07 AM #10
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Roy Kelley cooling ashes is a prime reason for fires....woodstoves and pellet stoves..... must be cooled completely.... deep at the bottom of piles of ash are hot ones....

Dec 17, 2019 08:39 AM #13
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Shahar Hillel
Augusta Financial Inc. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
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This is very important information.

Things to consider.

Best

Dec 17, 2019 10:34 AM #15
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Dec 17, 2019 10:43 AM #16
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Roy Kelley
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Montgomery County has activated the Extreme Cold Plan for a Hypothermia Alert for 12/17 from 6pm until 12/18 6pm. Expect the wind chill to be below 32 degrees. Wear layers if you go outside. Take extra precautions if you spend significant time outdoors: https://bit.ly/2JdmQ3C

Dec 17, 2019 11:19 AM #17
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