Holiday Fire Safety

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Christmas Tree Safety 

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Don’t let the recent warm temperatures fool you – the holiday season is upon us and it is time to deck the halls and gather friends and family together. The Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs is reminding you again this year to be “fire smart.” President of the Rhode Island Association, Chief Michael Frink, says “choosing the right tree is a good place to start – pick one that has fresh needles that do not fall off when you touch or shake it.”

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious in nature according to the National Fire Protection Association. Frink adds that where you place the tree is as important as what tree you choose. “Make sure the tree is placed at least 3 feet away from any source of heat, like a fireplace, radiator, heat vents or lights. NFPA numbers show that 1 in every 4 tree fires are due to trees being placed too close to a heating source.”

This goes for not only Christmas trees but also for other holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant and make sure to keep decorations away from heat sources. “We all get busy during the holidays and do more indoor entertaining, “ says Chief Richard Susi, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs, ” so make sure to check your smoke alarms and do not block exit ways during holiday gatherings. Make sure your guests are aware of your home fire escape plan.”

Holiday Safety

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