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With the holidays rapidly approaching, the Mansfield Township Ambulance Corps. offers the following Holiday Safety Tips:
Tree lights and other decorations set the theme for the
holidays. Here are some very important points to remember when using them.
- Use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify
these by the UL Label from Underwriters Laboratories.
- Check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets,
frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. Discard any of this equipment
that you deem unsafe.
- Check labels of lights to be used outdoors to see that
they are suitable for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights outside. Fasten
outdoor lights securely to trees, walls, or other firm support to protect
them from wind damage.
- Do not overload the circuit with wiring. Use no more
than three sets of lights per single extension. Read the manufacturer's
instructions carefully and do not use more than the recommended number of
lights in one circuit.
- Always turn off lights on trees and other decorations
when you leave your home or go to bed. A short circuit in any of this equipment
could cause a fire.
- Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. Damaged
insulation in lighting on a metallic tree could cause the entire tree to
be charged with electricity. To avoid this danger, use colored spotlights
above or beside a metal tree, never fastened to it.
- Keep children away from light sets and electrical decorations.
All lights present the problem of shock and casualty hazard for curious
- When installing lights on the exterior of your home
or office, be sure to use lights that are designated for exterior use.
Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens.
Always use non-flammable holders.
Keep away from other decorations, wrapping paper.
Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or
A holiday tree is a source of joy; but if you’re not careful,
it can also lead to a fire. Remember:
- Buy a tree whose needles haven’t dried out.
- Place the tree away from any heat source such as a
space heater or fireplace.
- Keep the tree away from exits.
- Discard the tree as soon as the holidays are over,
and even sooner if it starts to dry out.
- Be sure to water you tree regularly.
The trimming of your tree is a very important part of your
holiday festivities. Keep the safety of your family in mind when selecting trimmings,
and decorating your tree.
- When choosing the finishing touches for the tree, purchase
tinsel or artificial icicles of a non-leaded material. Leaded materials
may be hazardous if eaten by children or pets.
- If youngsters are a part of your family, take special
- Avoid any decorations that tend to break easily,
or have sharp edges.
- Keep tree trimmings that are small, or have removable
parts, out of reach of your child. These pieces may be swallowed.
- Don't purchase ornaments that resemble candy or
foods. A small child may try to eat them.
The opening of presents is always a special time during
the holidays. Take special precautions when disposing of the wrappings:
- Always dispose of wrappings immediately after opening.
- Place trash in a metal container. DON'T burn wrappings
in the fireplace, they may ignite suddenly, and cause a flash fire.
An emergency could strike your home at any time. Here are
a few simple rules to follow to help your family through a crisis.
- Keep fire department, police, ambulance, doctor, and
other emergency service numbers posted on or near your telephone.
- Keep a UL listed multi-purpose fire extinguisher in
your kitchen when preparing holiday meals--and know how to use it.
- Develop a fire safety evacuation plan and consider
two ways out of every room of your home.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON
DON'T FORGET TO HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER!