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Posted on: December 16, 2016

[ARCHIVED] HSFD offers winter and holiday fire safety tips

With the arrival of cold weather and the holiday season, the Hot Springs Fire Department offers the following safety tips.

Fireplace/Wood Stove Space Heater Safety

  • Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.
  • Have the furnace serviced and inspected annually.
  • Use dry seasoned wood in the fireplace.
  • Make sure the fireplace screen is in place when using the fireplace.
  • Have covered metal container to dispose of cooled ashes. Store the container at least 10 feet away from the home or nearby buildings.
  • Make sure to keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fireplace, woodstove, or other space heaters.
  • Keep items that may catch fire a safe distance away from the fireplace or space heaters.
  • When using portable space heaters, make sure they are plugged directly into an outlet. Do not plug them into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Use portable heaters that have an automatic shut-off.
  • Test smoke alarms regularly and replace batteries if needed.
  • Test carbon monoxide detectors.

Holiday Fire Safety

  • Choose a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Make sure the tree is a safe distance away from any heat source.
  • Make sure the tree does not block an exit.
  • Keep the tree watered.
  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Dispose of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should be not be left in the home, garage, or placed outside against the home. (Drop off trees at the 24/7 Recycling Drop-off Center, located at Valley and Runyon Street in Hot Springs. Drop-off dates continue into January.)
  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang outside lights.
  • Blow out lit candles when leaving the room or going to bed.

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