Monday, December 12, 2011
Holiday safety tips from the Bryan Fire Department
Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, but that also means a greater risk for fire. The Bryan Fire Department wants to remind you that following a few simple tips will help to ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
- Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant and are UL rated.
- Keep lit candles away from decorations, burnable items, children and pets.
- Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
- Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
- Holiday decoration fires are most likely to happen in the living room, family room or den.
- Almost half of all home decoration fires are started by candles.
- Half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Keep matches and lighters in a high, locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop; use timers for cooking.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside.
Additional Contact Information
Bryan Fire Department
Fire Marshal’s Office
300 W. WJB Pkwy
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