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2014-12-01 - Charlottetown Fire Department Warns of Dangers of Damaged Christmas Lights

Day 1 of Charlottetown Fire Department 12 Days of Fire Safety Campaign

The Charlottetown Fire Department is recommending that residents and business owners carefully examine Christmas lights before decorating to avoid a potential fire.

Indoor and outdoor strings of lights that are damaged or not approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) can ignite a fire.

The Charlottetown Fire Department and National Fire Protection Association offer the following tips for holiday decorating:

• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections;
• Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs;
• Read the manufacturer’s instructions;
• Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Follow the recommendation on the packaging;
• Use clips, not nails to secure strings of lights so the cords don’t get damaged;
• Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

These tips are part of the Charlottetown Fire Department’s 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign to raise awareness of important fire safety and fire prevention measures leading into the holiday season.

The 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign was inspired by a similar campaign in Ontario. It will include public service announcements for twelve business days that outline fire prevention and fire safety tips. The announcements will be sent to local media as well as shared through www.charlottetown.ca/news.php and on social media via www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown and, on Twitter, @ChtownPE or @ChtownFire.

The daily tips will be shared from December 1-5, December 8-12 and December 15 and 16.

For more information on the Charlottetown Fire Department, visit: www.charlottetownfire.com


Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
City Hall
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