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 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:
When buying a fresh cut Christmas tree:
When decorating with lights and/or other electric powered devices:
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!