Holiday 2015 Fire Safety Article

"Don’t Let Fire Deck Your Halls" - Written by Tania Urenda
December is a busy month – gifts are bought, cookies are baked, decorations go up and fire stations get ready. Don’t let the eggnog fool you. Pine needles, bright bulbs and flickering candles may deck your halls, but so do their hidden fire dangers.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) a Christmas tree fire is 3 times more likely to result in a death than all other reported home fires. David Urenda, owner of 303 Fire Protection and fire protection consultant, urges residents to be safe during this holiday season.

“Keep live trees at least 3 feet away from fireplaces, candles, radiators, space heaters and even heating vents,” David warns. “Just as important is disposing of your tree right after Christmas. Why not take advantage of Douglas County’s recycling program.”

The tradition of lighting candles is an important one, but 41% of home decoration fires are started by candles.  Make sure all lit candles are within sight, at least 12 inches from anything combustible and extinguished well before falling asleep with a happy belly.

So, our well-watered Charlie Brown tree is safely placed 3 feet from the nearest vent and twinkles gloriously with thousands of artificial lights.  All is safe, right? Did you know that one-third of home Christmas tree fires happen due to electrical problems? NFPA recommends connecting no more than 3 undamaged strings of lights in a row.

“Even more important is ensuring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are tested monthly and their batteries changed twice a year. It’s a safe practice that will give you peace of mind.”

Many people think the Fire Department will change batteries. Not so. That’s why 303 Fire Protection offers the convenience of remembering when your batteries need changing and doing it for you. 

Safe & Happy Holidays!

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