WFD offers tips for a safe holiday season
Wichita's Chief Fire Prevention officer Bob Thompson said the holiday season will be a lot safer if everybody heeds 10 tips for fire prevention.
Thompson compiled a list of tips to help families through the holiday season.
- Water, water and more water for your tree. Dry trees pose a fire risk. Make a fresh cut on the base before putting your tree onto a sturdy stand, and then water frequently.
- Check your lights, and check them twice. Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations damage and wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections can cause a fire or shock hazard.
- Be flame aware. Always blow out unattended candles and teach your children to say away from lit candles or fireplaces.
- Give wrapping paper a second life. Don’t burn used wrapping paper as it may cause intense flash fire. Throwing it out adds waste. Consider recycling or reusing it the next year.
- Check extension cords. Do not connect more than three strings of lights together. Check the rating on your extension cord and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage.
- Steer your tree clear. Your tree should be positioned at least three feet from fireplaces and other heat sources. Trees should not block any doorway or exit.
- Decorate with a safe eye. Cords should not run under carpets or be tacked up using metal nails or staples. Small decorations can be a choke hazard for small children. Keep them out of the reach of children.
- Look for the UL. The UL mark on a product means that the product has been tested to the highest safety standards.
- Plan your fire escape. Use the holiday season as a good time to practice a fire escape with your loved ones.
- Sleep safe. Smoke alarms make great gifts. Or, buy a new smoke alarm and install it in your home.
For more information regarding holiday safety, please call the Wichita Fire Department’s Fire Prevention line at 268-4441.