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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Fire Prevention 24-7 – Fireproofing inside and out

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12 Fire Safety tips will help fireproof your home inside and out during the holiday season.

  1. Check Holiday Lights: Inspect holiday lights for frayed wires or other damage before use to prevent electrical fires.
  2. Water Fresh Trees: If you have a live Christmas tree, water it regularly to prevent it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
  3. Use Flameless Candles: Flameless battery-operated candles give you that festive glow without the risks of traditional candles.
  4. Practice Electrical Safety: Avoid overloading electrical outlets. Use surge protectors for added safety.
  5. Turn Off Lights: Turn off holiday lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house to reduce the risk of electrical fires.
  6. Monitor Cooking: Don’t get distracted while cooking or baking. Keep flammable materials away from stovetops.
  7. Test Smoke Alarms: Regularly test and replace batteries in smoke alarms.
  8. Have an Emergency Plan: Make sure all family members are aware of the home’s evacuation plan in case of a fire. Designate a meeting place outside.
  9. Be Mindful of Space Heaters: Keep them at least three feet away from flammable materials and turn them off when not in use.
  10. Properly Dispose of Wrapping Paper: Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. It ignites quickly and can cause a chimney fire.
  11. Inspect Chimneys: Before using your fireplace, have the chimney inspected and cleaned to remove any potential fire hazards.
  12. Fire Extinguisher: Make sure your fire extinguisher is easily accessible and everyone in the home knows where it is and how to use it.

The Naperville Fire Department wishes you and yours a safe and festive holiday season.

For additional information on holiday fire safety, visit www.nfpa.org or contact Firefighter/Paramedic Andy Winckler, FF/EMT-P, CADS, Naperville Fire Department, at wincklera@naperville.il.us.

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Soraya McLaughlin
Soraya McLaughlin
Soraya McLaughlin is the Naperville Fire Department Community Education Specialist. Contact her via email at mclaughlins@naperville.il.us.

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