Keep your home safe this holiday season

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              The holidays are a busy time of year. We’re shopping, baking, decorating and it’s important to remember fire safety. Tiffany Bradberry, Fire Prevention Specialist with Roanoke Fire-EMS says to keep combustibles away from open flames such as candles. “My number one tip,” said Bradbury. “Is to make sure that you keep anything combustible and that can be trees, Christmas trees, real live Christmas trees, your garland in general, wrapping paper, anything like that away from an open flame.”

If you have a live Christmas tree, keep it watered and make sure to use proper lights. “My number one rule,” said Bradbury, “Is when I leave home, I turn my tree off. When i go to bed, I turn my tree off. You just want to make sure all your lights are in proper working order.”

If you’re putting up decorations, don’t overload your plugs. Bradbury recommends using power strips instead of extension cords. And if you’re looking for ways to heat up while it’s chilly outside, be smart when it comes to space heaters. “We got to plug them directly into the wall.,” said Bradbury. “We’ve got to have a three foot perimeter around them so make sure you don’t stack anything near them. Don’t have them close to a piece of furniture, curtains, your bed.” Unplug them while you’re sleeping at night and while you’re gone during the day.

In the kitchen, keep the kids at least three feet from the stove. Keep pot handles turned in and keep flammables away from the stove top. If you’re cooking up a big meal, don’t leave the kitchen unattended. “I know we tend to multi-task, especially near the holidays,” said Bradbury. “But if you’re in there and you’re cooking, you need to stay in there with whatever you’re cooking on top the stove.” If a fire starts in your oven, keep the oven door shut and turn it off. The fire will go out on it’s own.

Follow these tips for a happy holiday season.

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