Fires increase during the holiday season due to decorations, candles and Christmas trees. You don’t have to give up holiday traditions in the interest of safety if you follow some easy recommendations from Pasadena Fire Department.
• Select a fresh Christmas tree that is kept in water at all times. Needles on fresh trees should be green and should not fall off easily. Don’t put your tree up too early or leave it up longer than two weeks after the holidays. Dried out trees can ignite easily and create fires by spreading them rapidly to nearby combustible materials.
• Place your tree in a safe place away from heat sources such as a fireplace or heat vent.
• Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect your lights before you use them to ensure they don’t have frayed wires, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets or excessive wear. Only use lighting that is listed by an approved testing laboratory. Don’t leave the lights on when you’re not home.
• Avoid overloading electrical outlets. Don’t link more than three light strands unless the directions indicate it is safe. Periodically check the wires; they should not be warm to the touch.
• Use only non-flammable decorations that are placed away from heat vents. If you use an artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.
• If you use candles, make sure they are in a stable holder and place them where children and pets cannot knock them down. Do not leave lit candles unattended and never leave the house with candles burning. NEVER put candles on or near a Christmas tree or wreath.
• Always remember to have fresh batteries in your smoke detectors and practice your family evacuation plans.
For more information contact Emergency Management Coordinator Lisa Derderian at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (626) 744-7276
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City of Pasadena
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Pasadena CA 91109
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