OFD Offers Tips To Make Holidays Safer

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Fire Department wants you to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Christmas tree safety is an important part of holiday safety.

The National Fire Protection Association and the Oswego Fire Department recommend the following to help make your holiday season safer:

Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

After Christmas Get rid of the tree or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a ?re danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk. This allows the tree to absorb more water, making it last longer and less prone to fire.

Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like ?replaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.

Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory (such as Underwriter Laboratories) 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.

In general, real Christmas trees are not allowed in public assemblies; use artificial trees instead.