Editor, The Hinesville Fire Department would like to wish each of you a very happy and safe Christmas season.
We would like to share a few safety tips with you from the National Fire Protection Association on Christmas tree safety:
1. Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
2. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk.
3. Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source.
4. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
5. Add water to the tree daily.
6. Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
7. Replace any strands of lights that have broken, worn or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for number of strands to connect.
8. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
9. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
It takes approximately 60 seconds for a live tree to burn. Please do not allow your Christmas to go up in flames.
Use caution, and let’s make this a happy and safe Christmas for all to enjoy.
Capt. Andra M. Hart Sr.
Public Safety Education Coordinator
Hinesville Fire Department