Posted on: November 30, 2016

Fire Safety Announcement from Goodlettsville Fire Marshal Office

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  • Consider an artificial tree this season. They're less flammable than live trees and don't require watering.
  • If you get a live tree, make sure it's fresh. Needles should be green and springy to the touch.
  • Cut 1 to 2 inches off the bottom of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand. A fresh cut tree allows the tree to absorb water. Place the tree in water right away.
  • Fill the tree stand with water every day.
  • Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like floor vents, fireplaces, radiators, candles or lamps.
  • Make sure your tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Always turn the tree lights off or unplug them before going to bed or leaving your home.
  • Use lights that are approved by a national testing organization like UL.
  • Replace lights that have worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Follow manufacturer's instructions for the number of light strands you can safely connect. Make sure you are using the right lights for indoors or outdoors.
  • Remove your tree immediately after the holidays even if you think it is not dry.
  • Christmas tree fires are likely to be serious and deadly.
  • Put working smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially inside and outside sleeping areas.
  • Remember to test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your fire escape plan.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan regularly.
  • 9 out of 10 U.S. fire deaths happen in the home. People are surprised to learn that the place the feel safest is where their risk of being in a fire is greatest.

Home fire sprinklers increase safety and provide time for escape. Think about installing a system in your home.

For more information on fire safety, please visit Common Voices online at www.FireAdvocates.org

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