DON'T BE A SCROOGE WHEN WATERING YOUR TREE
MDFR AND BSFR TEAM UP FOR HOLIDAY SAFETY DEMONSTRATION
DATE: December 18, 2012 PIO NUMBER: 12-12-16
MEDIA SAFETY DEMONSTRATION
WHEN: 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012
WHERE: Broward Fire Academy
2600 SW 71 Terrace, Davie, FL 33314
Homemade holiday tree decorations can be fun to make, yet dangerous if your Christmas tree is not properly maintained.
For the first time, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue will team up for a public safety demonstration at the Broward Fire Academy in Davie, joined by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Firefighters will show how easily homemade decorations can ignite, and when coupled with an improperly watered tree, how quickly your holidays and your home can go up in smoke.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the number of Christmas tree fires increase during the week of December 22-28th. If trees are not watered daily, they can dry out and become highly flammable. On average, one of every 18 reported home-Christmas tree-fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 141 total home fires. Additionally, December is the leading month for candle fires, with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as two of the top five days for such fires.
Top 10 tips for maintaining a fire-safe tree:
1. Only use lights approved by a testing laboratory and decorations that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant.
2. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to use tree lights.
3. Always unplug holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
4. Never use lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections.
5. Never use lit candles as tree decorations or place them near trees or combustibles.
6. Water trees daily to keep them moist.
7. If you have an artificial tree, make sure it is fire-retardant.
8. Always watch children when they are around the tree.
9. Position trees near an outlet so that cords are not running long distances. Don’t overload electrical outlets.
10. Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in the house or garage, or placed against the house.
This report by:
Mike Jachles/BSFR PIO, Michelle Fayed/MDFR PIO