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Holiday Safety Tips

Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow!

As the snow and ice pile up over the winter, We are asking that building owners, property managers and home owners have sidewalks and driveways clear of snow and ice in case of a fire or medical emergency.  Having pathways clear allows our medical personnel to move the ambulance cot safely and quickly to and from the emergency.  This will help ensure the safety of the patient and crew.

Fireplace Safety

Before starting a fire, be sure to clean out the ashes.  Use a metal container to dispose of cooled ashes and store it outside.  Your chimney should be cleaned and inspected yearly, including the flue and the damper.  Remember to open the flue or the damper before lighting a fire.

Firewood and Manufactured Fire logs

  • Only burn dry, well seasoned firewood.
  • Manufactured fire logs are cleaner and safer than firewood.  Never use more than one at a time.
  • Never add an artificial log to a natural wood fire that is already burning.
  • Never poke artificial logs or break them.

Safety Tips

  • Always use a fireplace screen or enclosure to keep sparks from escaping.
  • Never burn paper, garbage or charcoal in a fireplace.
  • Make sure that any decorations are well away from the fire.

Extinguishing the Fire

  • Make sure that the fire is out before you go to bed or leaving your home.
  • If you have to extinguish a fire NEVER USE WATER.  Instead use sand or cat litter.
  • Never close the flue until the fire is completely out, you must wait until it is done smoldering.

*Keep a fully charged ABC fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it!

Information gathered by the National Fire Safety Council, Inc.


About 2,200 deaths were caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries in 2013, according to Injury Facts 2015, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces

Christmas Tree Safety

  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights off! ­ Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.

When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year. So this year, follow our guidelines to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report during the upcoming holiday season.

Information gathered from the American Christmas Tree Association.