Fire Prevention

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Christmas Tree with lights plugged in

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.  Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer.

Watch this short video to help keep your family safe this Christmas.  (Click to watch short video - Deck the Halls with Fire Safety)



In a fire, SECONDS count!  That is why you and your family need to have an escape plan.

  • Draw a map of your home or click EscapePlanGrid to use the one provided by the NFPA.  This should be done with all members of your household, making two exits from each room, with a path to the outside from each exit.  Determine an outside meeting place.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year.  Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave - this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, STAY OUTSIDE NEVER go back inside a burning building!