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Posted on: November 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Holiday Safety Tips

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It's time to deck the halls, but it's also a season where fire can be a threat.  Key West Fire Chief Alan Averette wants to remind the community to be alert for possible fire hazards that can sneak into our homes over the holidays.  Space heaters, candles, and dry Christmas trees are just some of the potentially dangerous additions to our homes this time of year.

Each year, lives are lost and homes destroyed because of unsafe use of heaters.  The following are some tips to ensure you don't become a statistic:

    Never use ovens, ranges, or grills as heating devices

    Install carbon monoxide detectors

    Keep all heating devices at least 36 inches away from other objects, including walls and furniture

    Never use an extension cord with a space heater, and never leave it unattended

    Keep candles at least one foot away from anything flammable, and never leave one unattended

    Be sure your smoke alarm is tested monthly

    Use an artificial tree, or be sure your real one is fresh and keep it watered

    Use safe lights, check cords for wear, and don't use more than three strands on one extension cord

    Keep candles a long, safe distance from the tree

    Do not allow children to handle the lights

    Never use indoor extension cords out of doors

    Unplug the lights before changing bulbs

Finally, even cooking can be hazardous if we don't follow a few simple steps:

    Do not leave a stove unattended

    Keep saucepan handles turned away from the front of the stove so that children cannot pull them down

    If you deep fry a turkey, be extra careful; do not use the deep fryer under a deck, and be sure to keep children away from that vat of hot oil.  This is a potentially dangerous cooking method, so be aware of the hazards before you start.


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