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.