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Tri-City fire departments urge safety this holiday season

Christmas is a festive time of year but the holidays can also present a unique set of fire hazards for local emergency services personnel. - METRO CREATIVE
Christmas is a festive time of year but the holidays can also present a unique set of fire hazards for local emergency services personnel.
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Christmas is a festive time of year but the holidays can also present a unique set of fire hazards for local emergency services personnel.

Fire departments in the Tri-Cities are asking residents to be careful with Christmas trees, decorations and wrapping papers, as well as heat sources like lights and extension chords.

Firefighters also suggest:

• Extinguishing candles when leaving a room or going to sleep;

• Keeping candles at least 30 cm away from anything that can burn, such as clothing, bedding, books, curtains or Christmas trees;

• If a power outage occurs, use a flashlight instead of candles;

• Space heaters should always be plugged directly into an outlet and extension cords should never be used;

•Combustibles should also be kept away from Christmas trees;

• All lights should be checked and any damaged or frayed wires should be discarded;

• and proper clips instead of staples should be used when Christmas lights.

Residents should also make sure they have working smoke alarms.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

 

 

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