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Posted on: December 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Marietta Fire Department Offers Christmas Tree Safety Tips

December 1, 2016


CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles

                     Communications Manager

                     lwiles@mariettaga.gov

                     770-794-5509


MARIETTA – As we continue through the Holiday Season, the Marietta Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the need to practice fire safety, particularly when decorating your home and choosing a tree.


Christmas Trees


  •     Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  •     Before placing your tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  •     Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet from any heat source.
  •     Add water to the stand initially and be sure to add water daily.


Lighting


  •     Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  •     Some lights are for indoor use only. Always read the instructions.
  •     Replace any string of lights with worn cords or loose bulb connections.
  •     Read the instructions for the number of light strings that can be connected together.
  •     Never use candles to light a tree.
  •     Always turn off holidays lights inside and outside your home before going to bed or leaving the house.


Take a few moments to view the following video provided by the National Fire Protection Association: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5asGRJPfpeg


For more Fire Safety tips or to schedule a Home Safety Visit please visit the Marietta Fire Department on the web at www.MariettaFire.com or call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (770)794-5466.

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