St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department reminds residents of Christmas tree safety

St. Amant – The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department would like to remind Ascension residents about Christmas tree safety, stated Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc.

“A dry tree will go up in seconds,” stated Chief LeBlanc. Those flames can quickly spread to other items like curtains and furniture.

A dry tree that’s not out in windy conditions will catch fire a lot easier than the recently-cut one used outside on Tuesday, LeBlanc stated. It is very important to water your Christmas tree.

The St. Amant VFD would like to remind Ascension residents that your first line of defense is having a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector on each level of the home. It is estimated that over 200 homes per year catch fire due to dry Christmas trees, stated LeBlanc.

The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department provides the following tips to keep you safe:

  • When you pick the tree, choose one with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched.
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2″ from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, candles, heat vents or lights; also, make sure it’s not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand; be sure to add water daily.
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

Please visit www.stamantfire.com or Like St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department on face book  for further winter safety tips.

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