Provo Fire & Rescue offers holiday safety tips

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PROVO, Utah, Dec. 12, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Provo Fire and Rescue officials are offering holiday safety tips to residents Thursday.

A Facebook news release from Provo Fire along with the National Fire Protection Association said: “As the winter holidays draw near there’s a greater risk for fire in your home. Decorations, candles and cooking are just a few of the things that could cause a disaster in your home. Here’s some helpful tips to to keep you safe this holiday season.”

Holiday decorating: 

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

Holiday entertaining

  • 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 while 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.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
Before heading out or to bed:
  • Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
For more holiday safety tips from the NFPA click here.


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