Day 2 of Charlottetown Fire Department 12 Days of Fire Safety Campaign
Love the look and smell of a fresh Christmas tree for the holidays as opposed to an artificial one? Real Christmas trees can be beautiful, but the Charlottetown Fire Department is reminding residents that fresh, cut trees can dry out quickly and should be watered regularly.
One out of every three Christmas tree fires in households is caused by electrical failures, and, although Christmas tree fires are not common, they are more likely to be serious when they do occur.
The Charlottetown Fire Department and National Fire Protection Association offer the following tips for Christmas tree safety:
• When picking out a tree, choose one with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched;
• Cut about two inches from the base of the truck before placing the tree in a stand;
• Make sure the tree isn’t blocking any exits;
• Add water to the tree stand on a daily basis;
• Only use strings of lights that are safe to have on your indoor tree (ie: CSA approved; meant for indoors);
• Never use lit candles to decorate a tree;
• Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
• Keep Christmas trees at least three feet away from heat sources
• After Christmas, dispose of the tree through a recycling program. Don’t leave it leaning against your home or in your garage. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard.
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 initiative 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
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