FIRE DISTRICT WISHES A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY

It is that time of year when we put up Christmas trees, decorate homes with displays of lights and garland, and bake holiday treats that fill the home with a wonderful aroma.  However, it is also the time of year when the number of home fires increases.  The Union Fire Protection District would like to prevent the increase of home fires by informing it’s residences of the community with a list of safety concerns.

UFPD When choosing a real tree the needles should not fall off the tree when tapped on the ground.  
UFPD Always cut one inch off the bottom of a real tree so the tree can absorb water.
UFPD The tree stand of a real tree should hold a least a gallon of water.  A six foot tree will use about a gallon of water every two days.  The water level should be checked every day.
UFPD Keep trees away from floor heaters, fireplaces, or other heat sources. 
UFPD Use only UL approved lights for decoration and follow manufacturers instructions as to the number of light strands that can be linked together.
UFPD Turn the lights off when retiring for the evening or leaving the home.
UFPD Never use candles on a real or artificial tree.
UFPD NEVER BURN A REAL TREE OR WRAPPING PAPER IN THE FIREPLACE. 
UFPD Avoid overloading wall outlets and extension cords. 
UFPD Use only outside UL approved lights and cords for exterior decorations.
UFPD When using candles, place them in a sturdy container, Remember hot wax burns children. 
UFPD Always extinguish candles before going to bed and leaving the home.
UFPD Dispose of fire place ashes in a metal container until cold. 
UFPD Have an operable fire extinguisher ready for use. 
UFPD Always check your smoke detectors. 

The Union Fire Protection District members would like to wish everyone a safe and merry holiday.