Make Sure you Holiday is Joyous from Jo. Co. FD #1
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Fire District #1 and The Johnson County Fire and Emergency Services Chiefs Association wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday. Unfortunately, holiday celebrations and joy can quickly turn to sorrow and anguish if a fire occurs in your home. A few moments of caution, and reviewing the following safety tips, may help you and your family, avoid a holiday catastrophe.

Trees: If you display a live tree, select one with needles that are flexible and hard to pull from the branch. The tree trunk should be sticky to the touch. Live trees should be displayed in a deep sturdy stand, and the tree should be provided with a constant supply of water. Remove the tree from your home soon after the holidays. Always keep trees away from heat sources such as radiators, space heaters and fireplaces. Artificial trees should bear the UL label and should be fire resistant.

Lights: Holiday lights cause over 500 fires annually. Use only UL listed lights. Check for cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. Discard all damaged light sets. Use no more than three sets of lights per extension cord. Outdoor lights should be listed for that use.

Decorations: Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Keep small ornaments out of the reach of children and do not use ornaments that resemble food or candy.

Candles: Lighted candles should never be used on or near a tree. Always keep candles away from decorations and wrapping paper, and always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed. Use candles in non-tip holders.

Fireplace: Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected annually to avoid the buildup of creosote. Do not burn paper wrappings or greenery in your fireplace. They burn to quickly and can start a chimney fire.

Smoke Alarms: Help insure your safety and the safety of your family by installing a smoke alarm on each level of the home, and inside of each sleeping room. Check all smoke alarms monthly to ensure that they are working.

Escape Plan: Develop and practice your home fire escape plan. Plan two ways out of each room and designate a central meeting place outside.

If you have any additional questions, please contact your local fire department. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!