Tips to keep your family safe during the holidays
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Grant Cesarek with Rural/Metro Fire Department has these holiday safety tips for people celebrating the season.
-- If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the
manufacturer as fire retardant.
-- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched
-- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1-2" from the base of the trunk.
-- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces,
radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
-- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
-- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree
-- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. 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 string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for
-- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
-- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
--Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and
should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with
your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside
after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
-- Place candles in proper holders to ensure the hot melted wax will not spill and the
candle will not tip over
-- Use UL approved lighting and decorations in your home
-- Check the wiring of decorative lighting for cracks or damage before use
-- Don't overload outlets and use power strips with integrated circuit breakers
-- Turn lighting off when going to bed and don't leave a tree unattended while the lights
-- Don't leave outdoor holiday lighting up indefinitely, check the tags on the lights and
do not exceed the limitations set forth
-- Make sure decorations are labeled "flame resistant" or "fire retardant"