Following Press Release From State Fire Marshal's Office:
Baton Rouge, LA- Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning has released important fire safety practices to ensure a fire safe holiday. Louisiana citizens are asked to utilize this information to protect their family this Christmas season. The following tips are encouraged:
PICKING THE TREE
· Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
PLACING THE TREE
· Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1–2" from the base of the trunk.
· Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
· Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
· Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
LIGHTING THE TREE
· Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
· Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
· Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
· Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
· Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
· Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
· Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
· Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
· Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
· Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.