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Safety Tips from the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council

Christmas Season Safety Tips

The Heart of America Fire Chiefs would like to remind consumers that the holiday season should be merry and bright, not dangerous. Avoiding hazards such as dried out Christmas trees, unsafe lights and unattended burning candles could prevent thousands of injuries.

"Sometimes people are having such a nice time during the holidays that they forget to extinguish candles," said Assistant Fire Marshal Jim Duddy. "Always put out lit candles before leaving a room or going to bed. Always keep burning candles within sight. Also, make sure your holiday lights bear the mark of a recognized testing lab to show they meet safety standards."

Here are some safety tips to make your holiday a safe one:

Trees:

Lights:

Decorations:

If you have any questions or would like additional information on any of these topics, please contact your local fire department. On behalf of the Heart of America Fire Chiefs Association we wish you a very merry and safe holiday season.


Contacts:
Floyd Peoples, Chief Fire Marshal, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department, 816-784-9100
Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council, 9550 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. 66212