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Posted on: December 16, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Holiday Season Fire Safety Tips

Eugene Springfield Fire is getting in the holiday spirit and raising awareness of fire safety during the holiday season. The Fire Marshal has decorated an office window in white lights (visible from the Willamette Street side of Fire Station 1). For every structure fire Eugene Springfield Fire responds to between now and the New Year a RED light will replace a white light in the display. Lights will be updated each Monday morning. 


Below are some simple tips to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season:


Candles

Candles started 55% of holiday decoration fires in December (between 2011-2015 per National Fire Protection Association), and December is overall the peak month of the year for home candle fires. The most common cause of candle fires is candles being placed too close to things that could catch fire. 


When using candles in the home:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Always blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed. 
  • Never leave a child or a pet alone in a room with a burning candle. 
  • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over. 
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in your home. 
  • Consider decorating with flameless candles that look and smell like real candles.


Christmas Trees

When buying a fresh cut Christmas tree:

  • Check to make sure the needles do not fall off when touched. 
  • Cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand.
  • Locate your Christmas tree so it is at least 3 feet away from heat sources and is not blocking an exit.
  • Make sure to add water to the stand daily. An adequately watered Christmas tree will not dry out as quickly.
  • **A dry tree is a fire hazard and should be immediately removed from your home. Locate the dry tree outside away from your home, garage or other structures while waiting for disposal.**


Decorative Lights and Other Electric Powered Devices

When decorating with lights and/or other electric powered devices:

  • Make sure they are listed by a qualified testing laboratory for safety. 
  • Inspect light strings before using them and replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. 
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the maximum number of light strings to connect. 
  • When decorating outside make sure you are using outdoor rated electrical decorations and cords. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so cords don’t get damaged. 


Smoke Alarms

Lastly, check your smoke alarms. Replace any that are older than 10 years. Plan and practice your home fire escape plan. With everyone’s help we can minimize the risk of fire this holiday season and keep the window white. 


For more information about holiday fire safety you may call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 541-682-5411. Eugene Springfield Fire wishes everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

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