AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Fire Department wants residents to remain safe this holiday season. The following are holiday safety tips from Capt. Glenn Johnson:
If you are using a cut Christmas tree:
- Make sure you keep it away from heat.
- Water the tree daily.
- Use a non-tip style tree stand. This will minimize the chance of the tree falling over.
- Use only fire-retardant decorations.
- Never leave a lighted tree unattended.
- Dispose of your tree properly, soon after the holiday before needles dry out.
- Place the tree out of the way of doorways and exits.
If you are using an artificial tree:
- Make sure the tree has a fire-retardant label.
- Never hang lights on a metallic tree.
When it comes to your holiday lights:
- Unplug all lighting before retiring for the evening or leaving the house.
- Purchase lights and electric decorations that are listed by an approved testing agency, such as Underwriters Laboratory.
- Check all lighting for frayed wires, broken plugs, sockets, etc.
- Never overload outlets. Use no more than three strands of lights on a single extension cord.
- Never use candles on trees, near live or other flammable decorations.
- Blow out candles before leaving the room. Don’t leave candles burning unattended.
- Consider buying new energy efficient LED lights that don’t get as hot.
- Always use appropriate weatherproof lights outdoors.
Deep-Fried Holiday Cooking:
- Never deep-fry a tukey inside your home; one little mistake could cause your home to catch fire.
- Cordon off the cooking area; keep pets and children out of the cooking area.
- Make sure your deep-fry burner has a very sturdy base.
- Get a big deep-fry pot, something around 34 to 36 quarts.
- Keep the turkey to a manageable size, 8 to 12 pounds.
- Know how much oil will safely fit in your deep-fry pot; don’t forget the turkey is going to displace quite a bit of oil.
- Shut off the fuel when adding your turkey to the oil. This will prevent any overflow oil from hitting a flame and causing a fire.
- Wear high quality oven mitts or gloves and lower the turkey into the pot slowly.
The Auburn Fire Department hopes that everyone has a safe and happy holiday.