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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:00 pm

As the holidays approach, Northwest Fire is reminding everyone of some very basic, but very important safety tips to keep their holiday season safe and happy.

LADDERS:

Northwest Fire has seen several significant falls as homeowners attempt to hang holiday lights. Following these tips, a home can be decorated safely:

• Always work in pairs, a buddy system ensures someone is there to hold and stabilize ladders, pass lights and call for help in the event of an emergency

• Never out climb or out reach the ladder you are using

• Ensure ladders are on solid, flat ground to prevent the ladder from tipping over while in use.

ELECTRICAL:

• Never overuse or overload an electrical outlet. Never use outlet expanders that allow 4-6 plugs to run off of one outlet.

• Only use approved extension cords that have built in circuit breakers. These cords are also called 6:1 or 6 in 1 extension cords with the “red” switch that will trip in the event of a surge or short.

• Only use indoor lights for inside use and outdoor lights outside. Make sure all lights have the UL safety ID

• Never place electrical cords under rugs or in heavy traffic areas where they can become trip hazards

• Check cords for cracks, frays or wear and tear which can cause an electric short and possible fire

TREE SAFETY:

Christmas trees are another serious threat to holiday safety. An eight-foot pine can burn completely in just 27 seconds and create tremendous heat. Some safety tips to remember are:

• Place your tree away from heat sources and open flames.

• Check the lights before placing them on the tree. Look for loose sockets or broken and

• Frayed wires.

• Keep water in tree base container and check it often.

• Turn lights off when you leave your home unattended.

HOLIDAY PARTIES:

• Never drink and Drive

• Plan ahead and choose a Designated Driver

• Provide outside ashtrays for smokers

• Never leave candles burning when not at home and extinguish them before going to bed.

HOME SAFETY:

• Secure prescription medications when visiting friends or families with kids or if they are visiting you.

• Use spark arresters and ensure Flues are open when using fireplaces

• Never hang combustibles (stockings) near the fireplace

• Ensure your home has working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensure fresh batteries are installed.

• Never use an oven, stove top or BBQ as a heating source for your home

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