December has finally arrived, and with Christmas on the way,
families are gearing up. With lights going up on houses inside and
out, and Christmas trees being put in place, the risk of Holiday fires
increases. But whether you decide to go artificial or natural, people should be aware of the fire risks they can cause.
heating appliances are used a little more extremely. People use
supplemental heaters, they use their wood-burning stoves, their
fireplaces, everything is used a little more to the extreme," says fire marshall Ed
With extra stress put on home
appliances and heaters, adding trees and multiple strings of lights
greatly increases the chance of an emergency. One of every three home
Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
"Real trees are
always an issue simply because of the fact that while they're very
beautiful and smell good. In the homes we have with the furnaces running
in the winter time, the humidity goes down to absolutely nothing, and
the trees dry out if you don't put in at least a two day supply of
water," says Hausauer.
sure natural trees are constantly watered, and check strings of lights
for shorts and exposed circuits that could spark. It takes less than
30 seconds for a dry tree to engulf a room in flames according to the
Building and Fire Research Laboratory. When a Christmas tree when it starts to burn, develops a tremendous
amount of heat and goes up very rapidly, so they are very dangerous.
plug to many power cords into one outlet. Over-taxing the electrical
system can cause blown fuses and circuit breakers. Property loss during
a holiday fire is 34 percent greater than in an average fire.
"Even a small fire in a house is going to cost you thousands of dollars, so there is a concern," says Hausauer.
December is meant to be a cheerful time of year, a time to spend with family and friends. Do so with common sense and safety.
"We need to keep you in your homes and keep you as safe as possible and
as joyous as possible, because this is a joyous time of year," says Hausauer.
Fire Department also wants to remind residents to make sure their smoke
detectors are properly working, and advises people to review their home
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The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
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