CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fire department offers fall decoration safety tips
It’s that time of year when people start decorating their homes for the fall season and holidays. During the season straw scarecrows, bales of hay, outdoor lighting, and other festive items are on display inside and outside our homes. While Christmas decorations are the most common offender in holiday fires, this time of year produces several fires also. Each year the fire service responds to over 800 structure fires not related to Christmas tree decorations. These fires cause over $11 million in damage, result in an average of two civilian deaths, and over 30 injuries.
Here are some suggestions for the safe use of decorations in your home:
• Inspect all electric decorations for damage to the cord or battery compartment. Replace or repair any damaged items.
• If using decorations outdoors, make sure they are rated and designed for outdoor use, especially powered or electric decorations like lights or inflatables.
• Plug outdoor decorations into GFI outlets. This will help protect your home from electrical fire.
• Turn off or unplug all powered decorations when you leave your home.
• When using any decoration with a candle, keep the candle at least one foot away from flammable items such as curtains, furniture, books, or clothing. Never leave a candle burning if you are not at home.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations. Never block the way out!
• As always, make sure you have working smoke detectors on all levels of your home as well as in and outside of every bedroom.
We sincerely hope your fall and holiday seasons are full of family fun and adventure! As always, be safe! If you have any questions, contact the Lebanon Fire Department at 417.532.2104.