- Stay Fire Safe During the Holidays
There are many causes of holiday fires, but local fire officials
have suggestions for being as safe as possible. Here are a few
problem areas and how to address them to ensure you have a holly
- Always keep your tree in water, which helps slow the drying out
- Pay attention to the leaves. When they become brittle, your
tree is getting too dry and should be disposed of soon.
- Put your tree in a smart, safe place. It may look really nice
next to the fireplace, but it’s a hazard.
- If you’re deep-frying a turkey, put the fryer in an open,
outside space. Garages and porches can catch fire, and the grease
from the fryer will make for a very strong blaze.
- Don’t leave cooking food unattended. It may sound very simple,
but many fires start when people forget something’s on the stove or
even fall asleep while food is cooking.
Fireplaces and chimneys
- Clean your fireplace thoroughly to avoid fire accidents. If you
think the chimney needs repairs, have a professional take a look at
it before starting a fire.
- Only put wood in the fireplace. Other items can cause a fire to
get out of control.
- Don’t place candles in areas where they can come in contact
with flammable material, such as near drapes or curtains.
- If possible, switch to battery-operated candles. They are much
safer and some even come with timers so they can be programmed to
turn on or off when you want them to.
— Sources: Lodi Fire Chief Kevin Donnelly, Cosumnes
Community Services District Fire Marshall George Apple
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:00 am
Updated: 6:33 am, Thu Dec 23, 2010.
The holidays are a time of giving and family gatherings. But
they can also be a time of serious fire danger.
Members of the fire community know that there is always a spike
in fire accidents during the winter months of December, January and
February, and that spike can peak during the holidays.
Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:33 am.