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Holiday Fire Safety with Warren County Fire Marshal

5 December 2019


We were in the studio today to have a conversation about fire safety during the holiday and winter season with Warren County Fire Marshal, Gerry Maiatico.

We talked about things to consider (and inspect) with a live Christmas tree AND an artificial tree. Gerry gave us some Christmas Tree safety tips to ensure your safety throughout the holiday season. You can download a flyer with more tips here: Christmas Tree Safety Tips

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

We also discussed fireplace & wood stove safety including how to properly dispose of ashes and the importance of maintaining your chimney and keeping fresh batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.


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