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Fire Safety Tips This Holiday

Decorating your home is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season, and unfortunately these same decorations may increase your chances of a fire. 

Mark E. Brady, Chief spokesperson of The Prince George's County Fire Department gave us a few helpful reminders this holiday season to ensure the safety of our family and friends.

  • When it comes to Christmas trees,  you should not place a tree near any heating source whether it be a fire place, heat vent, or space heater.
  • Check the water level to make sure it's always full and the tree remains moist. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry tree can be.
  • No tree should be inside a house more then three weeks.
  • Holiday lights: Make sure electrical wire is entact.
  • Candles are a neccessary part of this season, but make sure they are away from combustibles.
  • Before you leave the room, blow out the candle.
  • Before you go to bed, make sure the Christmas lights are turned off.
  • Do not under any circumstances burn wrapping paper.
  • Make sure you test your fire alarm once a year to see that it works properly.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher in the house.