Keizer Fire District|
661 Chemawa Road NE
Keizer, Oregon 97303
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Holiday Safety ReminderMonday, November 20, 2006
There is never a good time for a family to suffer the ravages of fire. But the holidays are especially tragic time to have a fire in the home. The displacement from the home, loss of gifts just purchased, or received make a fire during the Christmas season all the more tragic. And if someone is injured or killed, this joyous time of the year loses that special joy forever.
To help families enjoy a happy holiday season the Keizer Fire District offers these safety tips as you decorate for the holidays.
For a fresh fragrant tree:
- When choosing your Christmas Tree be sure to look for one without shedding needles.
- Remember to check you tree frequently to be sure it is not becoming to dry. Gently grip a small branch and pull the needles towards the end, if they come off easily the tree needs to be removed because it presents a great fire hazard to your home.
- Make a fresh cut on the cut end of the trunk to open pores, which have been clogged by sap. Cut off at least one-half inch. If you do not make a fresh cut the tree will not be able to drink water.
- After the cut is made, put the tree in water as soon as possible.
- Place the tree in a sturdy stand that will hold at least one gallon of water. Fill with plain water.
- If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of water on a cool porch or patio away from the wind and sun.
- Remember an average tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day, so water the tree daily.
- If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and the tree will absorb no water.
- Keep away from heat sources
- Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces and fire place inserts, wood stoves, radiators, television sets or sunny windows.
- Be careful not to block an exit door with a tree or rearranged furniture.
- After Christmas, before the tree dries, remove it from the house for pick up by your disposal service, or better yet have your tree recycled.
- NEVER burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.
Some other safety ideas to remember for the holidays include:
- Check out the lights before you put them up for decorations.
- Keep candles well away from combustible materials such as fire boughs.
- Make your fireplace fire safe.
- Be watchful of dangers to children.
- Buy only age appropriate, safe toys for the children on your gift giving list.
The Keizer Fire District
Wishes you all a