Holiday decorations add beauty but require special care, according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
It is the time of year when Christmas trees, lights, candles and other decorations fill many area homes. To make the holidays safe and enjoyable, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services (GCFES) encourages citizens to take steps to prevent home fires. While a live Christmas tree can be a beautiful addition to your home during the holidays, it can also increase fire risks, according to GCFES public information officer Capt. Tommy Rutledge. "During the holidays, the fire load inside a home increases," Rutledge said. "A live tree can fill your home with the scent of fresh pine and illuminating beauty; however, it can also pose a fire hazard if not properly cared for." Firefighters offer the following tips when choosing a live tree: …
Officials will share tips on avoiding Christmas disaster.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, December 17, 2010
Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services (GCFES) will host a holiday safety fair on Saturday, Dec. 18. The fair will include a live Christmas tree fire safety demonstration. Statistics released by GCFES indicate that 21 percent of holiday structure fires are first ignited by Christmas trees. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 250 home fires ignited by Christmas trees each year from 2003 to 2007. Each year, these fires result in 14 deaths, 26 injuries and $13.8 million in direct property damage. The holiday safety fair will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lowe's Home Improvement Center, located at 3260 Lawrenceville-Suwannee Road in Suwanee.