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Paducah Fire Department Offers Holiday Safety Tips
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Paducah Fire Department is taking time this holiday season to remind local residents about fire safety.

The department says Christmas trees, lighting, and entertaining can increase the chances of a fire. They said natural Christmas trees, while beautiful and festive, contain more fuel than a gallon of gasoline. Keeping them well watered will prevent them from drying out and becoming more flammable.

Folks are also cautioned to never use live candles on Christmas trees or place them near decorations. If you are planning to use a string of lights, inspect them before hanging.  f the cords are damaged, pinched, or frayed, or if any of the bulbs are loose, replace the entire strand. You should also make sure that strands of lights or cords used outside are rated for outdoor use. 
 
Entertaining is popular during the holidays, and officials offered some tips to be safer when hosting guests. Before guests arrive, check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are operational. Also, make sure they know all of the exits and your family’s escape plan.  Plus, secure cords for holiday lighting and decorations to prevent guests from tripping and falling.
 
Residents are also advised to put up any matches, lighters, or other flammable materials so that visiting children can’t access them.   

For more information about holiday fire safety including national statistics, visit www.nfpa.org.

Published 11:41 AM, Sunday Dec. 02, 2018
Updated 10:48 PM, Thursday Nov. 29, 2018

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