November 30, 2021

Holiday fire safety tips – ABC7 San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — The vacations are right here and when you’re gearing up for festive season there will be some hidden risks on your pets.

Listed below are some tips to maintain your furry family and friends protected and completely satisfied via the brand new 12 months.

  • Christmas tree or ornamental lights ought to be inspected earlier than you place them up to ensure they are not frayed or worn out. One in 4 tree fires is attributable to electrical issues. Keep away from placing greater than three mild cables collectively. Additionally, take into account LED lights, that are a safer various.
  • If you happen to’re inserting candles for atmosphere, select a flameless product, or do not place lit candles inside 12″ of anything flammable. December is the top month for home candle fires.
  • Use plastic ornaments with ribbons to hang on trees instead of metal hooks – try to avoid glass or metal ornaments.
  • Make sure your tree is anchored well so pets don’t knock it over. Water your tree often so it doesn’t dry out. Dead trees can become a fire hazard. Also, block access to the water to keep your pets from it because it has additives and chemicals which can make pets sick.
  • Remove stockings when lighting fire and return them to the fireplace area when completely cooled. Buy stockings made from flame resistant or flame retardant material.

To keep your family and home safe with all the holiday additions to your household, make sure you have fire extinguisher nearby. Place at least one in every level of your home, and one in the kitchen, as well.

Smoke alarms are your best friend in case of a fire, so check your smoke alarms regularly and replace them at least every ten years. Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms should be replaced every seven to ten years.

Sharon Cooksey, Safety Educator, Kidde and her trusty sidekick, Xander, have more pet and fire safety tips here.

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