Fire department issues safety list
- Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 13 Dec 2006, p. 3
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While Christmas trees are a beloved part of many people's holiday tradition, they can also be dangerous. According to Halton Hills Fire Protection and Prevention Services, accidental household fires and the number of fire deaths are highest during the holiday season, and Christmas trees are often to blame. "Our lifestyle seems to unravel with all the activities that coincide with the preparations for the perfect Christmas," said Chief of Fire Prevention and Public Education Harry Olivieri. "And not enough time is spent taking those extra precautions necessary for a safe holiday". "The Christmas tree has unfortunately been named as being one of the leading causes of many, many fires in past years," said Olivieri. He offers a few safety tips for caring for your Christmas tree: · Thoroughly check the tree for brown, dry needles when selecting that perfect tree. · Before placing the tree in the stand, diagonally cut 2-3" off the base of the tree. · Keep the tree away from any sources of heat such as fireplaces or baseboard heaters. · Check and add water daily. · Use only CSA-labeled indoor lights. · Unplug the lights before leaving the home or going to bed at night. · Do not overload any wall receptacles or extension cords. · Make sure each storey of the home is equipped with working smoke alarms.
Sparky the fire safety mascot for Halton Hills Fire Protection and Prevention Services dropped by Tuitman's Garden Centre on Regional Road 25, south of Acton, to give owner Len Tuitman a few pointers on fire safety around Christmas trees.
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