• Christmas Tree and Holiday Cooking Safety

    December 19, 2018
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    Vallejo Fire Department 
    Press Release
    Kevin Brown
    Public Information Officer
    December 19, 2018
    Christmas Tree & Holiday Cooking Safety
    Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Combined with faulty holiday lights or open flames from candles, dry Christmas trees can quickly ignite and burn down a home.
    Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 141 total reported home structure fires.

    The Vallejo Fire Department recommends keeping Christmas trees away from heat sources and exits. Watering your tree daily will help prevent it from becoming dry and hazardous.  We also recommend using non-flammable decorations and LED lights, and caution against leaving burning candles unattended.
    Cooking your holiday meals can also pose a threat to enjoying a safe holiday season.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires during the holidays.    

    Many home cooking fires are caused by unattended equipment, abandoned material, a heat source left too close to flammable materials, product misuse and cooking equipment that is not properly turned off.
    The use of turkey fryers - which use a large amount of cooking oil at high temperatures - also poses a significant danger and can lead to devastating burns and the destruction of property. Use extra caution if your family plans to make use of deep fryers or other oil-based cookers.
    If you experience a cooking fire, go outside and call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters. Do not try to fight the fire yourself.
    To prevent scalds and burns, cook on back burners and make sure all pot handles are turned inward so children don't come into contact with them. Appliances that get hot, such as toaster ovens, should also be well out of a child's reach. Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.
    Your Vallejo Firefighters urge you to cook with caution and wish you happy and safe holidays.    

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