Dec. 19, 2011 - Boulder Fire Department offers holiday safety tips
Monday, Dec. 19, 2011
Boulder Fire Department offers holiday safety tips
With Christmas right around the corner, the Boulder Fire Department is offering residents some helpful safety tips to keep the holidays enjoyable.
According to the US Fire Administration, about 240 Christmas trees catch fire every year in the United States, resulting in nearly $17 million in damage. Remember, a dry tree is a dangerous tree and it’s important to make sure to keep your live tree well-watered at all times. It only takes three seconds for a dry tree to ignite, and less than one minute for the fire to spread to the room.
§ If you have a live tree, keep it watered
§ Make sure the tree is a safe distance from heat sources like radiators and registers
§ Check the electrical cords and make sure they’re in good condition
§ Choose decorations that are flame retardant
§ Turn off Christmas tree lights before bed and if leaving home
§ Keep light connections short – no more than three strands per extension cord
It’s also important to keep an eye on electrical outlets – don’t overload them with too many cords. Use a power strip if possible.
If you have a fireplace or a wood-burning stove, don’t put wrapping paper or tree branches in it. These can create a very large fire very quickly. Be green, and recycle your gift wrap and compost your tree. (Residential trash customers can leave trees and/or branches at their regular trash pickup locations on compost collection days).
One final tip about candle safety: while candles create a festive atmosphere, they can be dangerous if not used properly. Make sure candles are in sturdy holders, away from blinds and curtains. Never place them in windows, and never leave them unattended. Battery-operated candles are a great – and safe -- alternative to traditional candles.
Wishing you safe and happy holidays!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:48