PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

• When purchasing a live tree, look for signs of freshness. A fresh tree is green, the needles will be difficult to pull from branches, and a minimum number of needles should fall off when handling the tree.
• To keep your tree fresh, cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption, and check the water level daily. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
• When placing your tree in your home, make sure it is kept away from heat sources like fire places or heater vents. Heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame, or sparks.
• Make sure no exits are blocked by the tree.
• Check lights before placing them on the tree. Look for worn or frayed wires and broken bulbs.
• When you leave your home or go to sleep at night, turn off the lights on the tree.
• Dispose of your tree properly. Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center, or having it hauled away by a community curbside pick-up service.
• As always, check your smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly.


Captain Dave Zaniboni
Information Officer
Office 805-681-5531
Cell 805-896-6336
News Line 805-681-5546
Twitter @SBCFireInfo

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