Springfield Fire Department Offers Holiday Safety Tips

  • 12/12/2018 7:13:57 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

ONTARIO, OH - In the spirit of the holiday season, the Springfield Township Fire Department has offered several home safety tips for those celebrating with decorations and lights. Captain Michael J. Mullins of Springfield Township Fire Department talked about some of the ways you can help prevent fires from breaking out in the home.

"If you've got live trees, you're definitely going to want to make sure you keep them watered regularly," Mullins said. "Some trees will absorb water faster than others, so you're going to want to make sure you check that regularly. You're going to check the needles on the tree to make sure they're not falling off. If they're falling off, it's almost too late. You want to make sure that they're always pretty good on there and that the water pan is full for the live tree."

Mullins also pointed out that after checking the condition of the tree itself, those decorating at home should pay attention to the condition of their lights, making sure to replace them when necessary.

"On your lighting, you want to make sure your cords are in good shape too," Mullins said. "If you have a cord that's got a fray in it or something, you want to dispose of those and get a new set of lights. Also, some of the 'legacy' lights I'd probably recommend replacing those at this point in time with the new LED-style type of lights. For one thing, they'll save you a little bit of money. A lot of people like to leave their Christmas lights on all night. I'd feel more comfortable with that than the older, big bulbs that could possibly set the tree on fire."

Mullins also said that other precautions to make include keeping combustible materials away from space heaters and fireplaces, making sure not to plug space heaters or large appliances into extension cords, and periodically update your space heaters or other radiant heat appliances to make sure they have "tip switches," which help shut off appliances if they fall over.

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