Holidays are for celebrating. Everything from thanks to births to new years, all are filled with family, fun and excitement. We at Bend Fire Department want to help ensure the holidays are safe for everyone.
Whether it be New Years, Birthdays, Independence Days, Cook outs, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Religious holidays or any other way we celebrate, all of these tips can be used to help prevent problems and ensure a fun and safe time for all.
Candles are a traditional and beautiful part of the season. But they are still a direct source of fire in your home. Keep candles a safe distance from other things. And remember that a flickering flame is a thing of fascination to little children. Keep candles out of their reach. Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders. Keep candles away from other decorations and wrapping paper. Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or blown over.
CHRISTMAS TREES AND HOLIDAY PLANTS
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Christmas trees that are not kept moist can present a very serious fire hazard. A dried out Christmas tree can be totally consumed by fire in less than 30 seconds. Most trees sold in the Valley have been cut out of the state and have been drying out since they were harvested, which could have been as late as mid-November. Ensure to keep your tree watered as instructed and remove as soon as you can. Never burn your tree in your woodstove or fireplace.
When choosing the finishing touches for decorating your tree, purchase tinsel or artificial icicles of a non-leaded material. Leaded materials may be hazardous if eaten by children or pets. Avoid any decorations that tend to break easily or have sharp edges. Keep tree trimmings that are small or have removable parts out of the reach of your child. These pieces may be swallowed.
Holly and mistletoe can be fatal to a small child and the smaller the child, the smaller the dose that can cause serious medical problems. Poinsettia leaves are not fatal if swallowed, but can cause a skin rash and an upset stomach. Call 9-1-1 if your children ingest any of these holiday plants.
Cooking related fires are one of the national and local leading causes of fires in the home. Nationally, cooking fires result in 31,200 fires and causing $170 million in damages every year. Kitchen and cooking fires comprise 43% of all structural fires nationally each year. These fires can also be easily prevented.
DEEP FRYING TURKEYS
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Turkey fryers can be a great way to cook a turkey. But remember to take your time and be safe with the fryer. ALWAYS use your turkey fryer outdoors and on a non-combustible surface (concrete, gravel, asphalt, etc). Ensure the surface you are cooking on is flat and stable to a prevent tip-over. Keep children and pets away from the fryer. The fryer should be attended by an adult at all times when in use.
The 4th of July traditionally presents the biggest fire danger to citizens and is the cause of a great number of fires and burn injuries. Most occur in dry brush and grass, but several homes are destroyed or damaged on this holiday. Fires are caused by careless handling of fireworks in areas exposed to sparks or live fireworks.
Sparklers are the biggest danger to children. A tip temperature at the end of the sparkler reaches 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and can easily cause a burn. Leave fireworks to the professionals. Restrictions on fireworks are for a good cause. No matter how small or large fireworks may be, it is a potential fire starter. But it is still possible to celebrate and enjoy the holiday. Families can consult the newspaper or local activity calendar and attend one of several approved, licensed fireworks displays.
Burn injuries are one of the leading causes of hospital visits on the 4th of July, usually associated with premature detonation or misuse of fireworks. The Legacy-Emanuel Burn Center reports the most burn injuries on 4th of July. These are only the numbers of fireworks injuries reported to hospital emergency rooms. Because many injuries are not treated in emergency rooms, experts believe the total number of fireworks injuries may be far more. Most fireworks burn injuries involve children. These are usually burns to the hands and eyes causing vision impairment and disfiguring scars.
Halloween safety is about having fun and making sure kids are safe in their costumes, on the street, and at home. Follow these safety tips to make sure your trick-or-treater's enjoy their candy safely at home.
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Use only lights that have been tested for safety. Identify these by the UL label from Underwriters Laboratories or another reputable testing agency. Check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Check labels of lights to be used outdoors to see that they are suitable for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights outside. Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, walls or other firm support to protect them from wind damage. Use no more than three sets of lights per single extension. Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and do not use more than the recommended number of lights in one circuit.