As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart.

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As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart.


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11/21/2014

Jasper Fire Department's Chief Steve Roper urges you to please read the Christmas Tree Safety Information below and watch the Fire Demonstration Video to see just how fast a Christmas Tree Fire can spread. Also, please consider the newer style L.E.D. lights to decorate with. They use far less power and emit far less heat than lights just a few years old.

PICKING THE TREE
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not
fall off when touched.

PLACING THE TREE
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the
base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from
any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles,
heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water
daily.

LIGHTING THE TREE
-Use lights that have the label of a recognized
testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor
or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken
cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no
more than three strands of mini string sets and
a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read
manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED
strands to connect.
-Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
-Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving
home or going to bed.

AFTER CHRISTMAS
Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against
the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

FACTS
• One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical failures.
• Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they
are more likely to be serious.
• A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of the fires

(SOURCE: NFPA Public Education Division)


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