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Christmas Decorating Safety Tips

As you begin to put up your Christmas tree and decorate for the holidays, please keep these safety tips in mind. Danville Life Saving Crew volunteers are ready to run emergency calls 24/7, but these tips will help you prevent a fire emergency this holiday season.

As stated by the National Fire Prevention Association, DLSC endorses the following safety tips:

  1. .Make sure your Christmas tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source (fireplace, radiator, space heater, heat vents, etc.).

  2. Never use lit candles on a Christmas tree.

  3. Replace any strands of lights that are worn, broken or frayed. Also, when putting lights outside, do not use lights intended for interior use. Make sure the lights are for outdoor use.

  4. Always turn tree lights off before leaving home or going to bed.

  5. Live Christmas trees are a fire hazard when they become dry and brittle. Be sure to water your live tree daily.

  6. Do not leave lit candles unattended.

  7. Make sure nothing is hanging too low in front of the fireplace. It is safe to decorate the top of a mantel, but it is not a good idea to have low hanging decorations or to decorate the hearth. Extreme heat and crackling fire can create a fire hazard.

While decorating this holiday season, remember to keep these safety tips in mind. However, if an emergency does occur, call 9-1-1 immediately. Though Christmas tree fires are not incredibly common, they are often very serious when they do occur.

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