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Holiday Safety Tips

  • Choose a freshly cut tree.
  • Fresh tree needles are hard to pull from branches; branches should bend easily and nor break.
  • Make a fresh 2-inch cut on trees before setting in your home.
  • Check water DAILY and keep full; add a ground up aspirin to preserve tree freshness.
  • Keep trees and decorations away from fire places, portable heaters, sparks or open flames. Do not block hall stairs or exits.
  • Carefully check new and old lights; replace worn or damaged lights.
  • Be sure your lights are certified for indoor or outdoor use and use accordingly.
  • Do not link more than three strands of lights together.
  • Never overload electrical outlets or run wires under carpets.
  • Never use candles on trees. Use only candles in a sturdy, nonflammable holder.
  • Keep candles a safe distance from home furnishings, including doors and windows as air movement can easily blow curtains and drapes into nearby candles.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a room with lit candles even for a split second.
  • Always unplug and turn off all decorative lights, check that all candles are out before going out or to bed.
  • If your tree starts to dry out it should be taken down and removed from your home.

Barbecue Safety Tips

  • Keep grills a safe distance from your home and other buildings.
  • Never store spare propane cylinders under your grill or in your home.
  • Check and clean venture tubes, spider webs often obstruct gas flow and cause a fire around the burner knobs.
  • Be sure that hose connections are tight and check hoses carefully for cracks and leaks; applying soap and water will reveal any leaks.
  • Never leave the grill unattended while in use.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • When using charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluids.
  • Never add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • Always dispose off coals carefully as they can remain hot for hours.

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Be sure costume is flame resistant.
  • Keep it short so children will not trip.
  • Check that their vision will not be blocked by mask.
  • Trim clothing with reflective tape.
  • Always carry a flashlight.
  • Stay in your neighborhood.
  • Only go to houses with the porch light on.
  • Never trick or treat alone. Small children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tell children not to eat treats until a parent has inspected them.
  • Motorists should exercise extreme caution when driving. Be on the alert for small children crossing streets.

Fall Safety Tips

  • Now is a good time to have your furnace and fireplace inspected and cleaned by a professional.
  • Inside your home make sure the area around the furnace is clean and not blocked by storage or other items.
  • Keep the area around the fireplace or wood stove clear of decorations and other materials.
  • Always check that your flue is open before starting a fire.
  • Never use flammable liquids to ignite a fire.
  • Use only seasoned hard woods.
  • Always use a fireplace screen.
  • Never burn just paper or cardboard.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away.
  • Only use a metal container to soak hot ashes in water outside and away from your home.
  • Outside your home check for branches hanging above or blocking chimneys, flues or vents.
  • Cover the chimney with a screen or spark arrester. This will also keep out small animals and birds.
  • Check that your house number is clearly visible from the street.
  • A building permit is required to install any fireplace or wood stove. Check with the Building Department.
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