Oregon winter holiday safety tips

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Have a great holiday season and be safe I thought this post was both funny and a great reminder of what happens when you are not safe…

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said, “The holidays should be a joyous time. A few simple steps will keep your family and guests safe this holiday season.” He added, “The most important thing is to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working. The next step is to make sure the entire family and all your guests know the home escape plan and where the outside meeting place is.” Cooking Leading Cause of Holiday Fires Coan said, “At holiday time we do a lot of cooking, but it is important to remember two key things: Stand by Your Pan to prevent cooking fires and to Put a Lid on It if one does occur.” Leaving cooking unattended, even for a minute, is the leading cause of fires. He added “Cooking is the leading cause of home fires throughout the year, and caused two-thirds of all the residential fires last holiday season.” On January 6, 2012, at 9:27 p.m., the Brockton Fire Department was called to a cooking fire in a three-unit apartment building. Cooking oil in a stovetop pan ignited spreading to a nearby wall. One person was injured and the total estimated dollar loss was $230,000. Cooking Safety Tips * Stand by your pan. Don’t leave boiling, frying or broiling food unattended. * Put a lid on a grease fire to smother it, and then turn off the heat. * Never move a burning pan. You can be badly burned or spread the fire. * Never throw water or use a fire extinguisher on a grease fire. Water will only spread the fire and the force of the extinguisher can splash flaming grease out of the pan. * Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking. Loose fitting clothing can easily catch fire. Christmas Tree Safety Tips * Selecting a Tree: Buy a cut tree as fresh as possible. Tap the butt on the ground and grab a branch near the top and pull your hand along it slowly. Needles should not fall off. If you bend a needle and it breaks before bending in half, it’s too dry! If you use an artificial tree, select one with a flame retardent label. * Caring for the Tree: Make a fresh cut an inch or two off the bottom before placing it in the stand. This will help with absorption. Water a live tree every day. * Placing the Tree: Place your tree in a non-tip style with wide feet, using extra wires if needed to keep it steady. Keep doorways and exits clear. Place your tree and decorations away from heaters, fireplaces, candles, and other sources of heat. * Decorating the Tree: Purchase electric holiday lights that are listed by an approved testing agency and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Consider switching to new LED lights that are cooler and use less electricity. Make sure the bulbs themselves are not touching the tree, curtains, wrapped gifts, and tree skirts. Never use lighted candles as decorations. Turn off […]

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