We truly hope everybody can enjoy a safe holiday season with family and friends. With the holiday season here it brings along with it many potential hazards. Here are a few safety tips from South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue to keep in mind this holiday season.

If you will be putting up a live Christmas tree this year before you place your tree in the stand always do a fresh cut off the bottom of the tree trunk then place the tree in the stand with fresh water right away. This allows for the best absorption of water into the tree.

Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Candles should never be left unattended. Candles should be at least 12 inches from anything that could burn. Always put your candles out before you go to bed. Although Christmas tree fires are not common when they do happen they are very dangerous. One of every 34 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death.

We hope these holiday tips will help keep you and your family a little safer this year. All of this information and more can be found at the U.S. Fire Administration’s and National Fire Protection Agencies web sites. If you have any questions feel free to contact me either by phone, 447-5305, or on-line at .

Mike Nokes
Fire Chief
South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue


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