Holiday safety tips from the Hemet Fire Department

W■ Scott Brown / Hemet Fire Chief

inter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holidays season.

1. Test all smoke detectors in your home to make sure they are in proper working order. A good rule of thumb is to replace the batteries twice a year during the daylight saving time change.
2. Do not leave burning candles unattended. Make sure they are in a secure place where children and/or pets cannot knock over.
3. If you buy an artificial tree, purchase one that is labeled “Fire Resistant.” While this type of tree can catch fire, it is manufactured to resist burning and extinguish quickly.
4. If you purchase a live tree, choose one that has green needles that do not fall off when gently tugged.
5. Replace any strings of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulbs connections.
6. Do not overload your electrical outlets or run extension cords under carpets.
7. Never use lit candles to decorate your tree. Use “UL” approved holiday lights and fire-safe ornaments.
8. Unplug all decorative lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
9. Make sure all candles are extinguished before you leave your home, office or going to bed.
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