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New Canaan Fire Marshal's Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

As the holiday season fast approaches, the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office wishes all residents a safe and healthy season and offers the following tips:

  • Candles and holidays go hand in hand and add wonderful warmth to the festive atmosphere. Candles must be kept away from other combustible decorations and never be left unattended.
  •  Embers from fireplace ashes can remain hot for several days.  If cleaning is necessary, use a proper metal container with tight-fitting lid for disposal.
  • Always use a fireplace screen to contain flying embers.
  •  Christmas trees must be kept watered so they remain moist.
  •  Make sure Christmas lights and other electrical fixtures are in good working order.  Do not overload outlets.
  •  Outdoor lights should be plugged into GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets.
  •  Space heaters must be properly plugged directly in to wall outlets and kept clear of combustibles.
  •  Make sure smoke and CO detectors are present and operating properly.   If you have a security system with smoke detectors, make sure it has it been serviced in the past year.
  •  In the kitchen, use the timer on your phone to remind you of pots left on the stove.

The New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season. 

 For questions regarding these tips or any fire safety questions please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-594-3030.

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