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Remember Fire Safety This Holiday Season
Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-19, Middlesex),Chair of the New Jersey Fire Safety Commission today released the following column reminding residents of the increased risk of home fires over the holiday season and highlighting steps they can take to reduce such risks.
Sayreville, N.J - The holiday season should be a time of joy. But each year, fires caused by Christmas trees and holiday decorations bring tragedy to families all across the country. Research by the US Fire Administration shows a significant rise in fires and the danger of fires during the holiday season.
In recent years, the U.S. has averaged more than 200 fires each year that began with a Christmas tree or holiday lighting, many resulting in death or injuries. But there are simple steps that families can take to substantially reduce the risk of a fire over the holidays.
The Christmas tree is a symbol of the holiday season for many, but if not properly selected and handled, it is a major fire hazard. Those who use an artificial tree should ensure that the tree is flame retardant. For those using real evergreens as part of your holiday dÉcor, you can take these steps to increase safety and prevent a Christmas tree fire:
In celebrating the holidays you should also avoid using lit candles in the house and never use them on a tree. If you do use them in the house, make sure they are in stable holders, place them where they cannot easily be knocked over and never leave them unattended.
Finally, make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are operating properly.
Each year at the holiday season, there are always news stories of families whose holidays were turned into a tragedy because of fire. Don't let your family suffer such a fate. Take these common sense precautions to help protect you and your family.
My wish for everyone is for a festive and safe holiday season.
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