Fire prevention tips to avoid the dangers of grading hallways this Christmas – Greeley Tribune
It’s the most wonderful time of year, don’t spoil the holiday festivities with an easily preventable Christmas tree fire.
The Greeley Fire Department Twitter page recently shared tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for residents to follow this holiday season to avoid Christmas tree fires.
More than one in five Christmas tree fires are caused by heat sources too close to the tree, according to the NFPA safety record. And nearly a third of Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
Only 210 home fires are caused by Christmas trees per year, but when they do occur, a small fire can spread quickly and become very serious. To keep the gifts under the tree and everyone inside the house safe this year, Greeley Police are advising people to follow these NFPA tips, from tree selection through tree selection. removal of the tree:
- When choosing a tree, choose a cool one with green needles that won’t drop to the touch.
- Cut two inches from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in a stand.
- Before choosing a location for the tree, make sure it is at least three feet from heat sources, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat registers, or lights.
- Make sure the shaft is not blocking any exits.
- Add water daily to the base of the tree.
- Before you put decorations on the tree, find lights listed by a qualified testing lab.
- Replace all string lights with worn or broken cords and any loose bulb connections.
- Always read the instructions provided for the number of light strands to be connected.
- Never use lighted candles as decorations for a tree.
- Turn off the lights on the Christmas tree before you leave the house or go to bed.
- Dispose of the tree after Christmas is over or when the tree becomes dry, which is a fire hazard and should never be placed in the house or outside against the house.
To safely dispose of a Christmas tree, residents of Greeley are encouraged to bring their trees to the Greeley Organic Waste Center for recycling Christmas trees. Until the end of January, people can get rid of a tree by visiting the program located at 1130 E 8th Street in Greeley.
The Greeley Organic Waste Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
In addition to Christmas tree fires, 860 home fires are caused by Christmas decorations each year, according to the NFPA. Greeley fire shared advice from International Foundation for Electrical Safety to prevent holiday decoration house fires.
Decorate hallways with safety in mind this holiday season by following these interior decorating tips from the organization:
- People should ensure that all extension cords and electrical decorations are marked for proper use.
- All exterior electric lights must be connected to circuits protected by GFCI circuit breakers.
- People should always inspect lights, decorations, and extension cords before using them.
- Decorate carefully near power lines. All equipment and people should stay within 10 feet of power lines.
- Before leaving home or going to bed, turn off indoor and outdoor electric decorations.
- Do not overload electrical outlets with too many electrical devices.
- Never connect more than three garlands of incandescent lamps together.
- Make sure all electrical decoration purchases are from reputable retailers approved by a recognized national testing laboratory.