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Davie Police Department
Wednesday December 16th, 2009 :: 12:31 p.m. EST



If buying a fresh tree, make sure to shake the tree
vigorously, tap it on the ground, and watch for
excessive loss of needles. If the tree loses a lot of
needles, it's already drying out, a dry tree will
increase the risk of fire in your home. The trunk
should be sticky with resin. Fresh trees should be
green and the needles should be difficult to pull from
the branches. Take a single needle and bend it between
your fingers. The needle should bend, not break.

Secure it in a sturdy stand and provide it with
adequate water. Keeping your tree well-watered will
keep it supple so it retains its needles, making for
less cleanup after the holidays and a lesser fire danger. Be sure to keep the stand filled with water because live trees dry out rapidly.

Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals.

If you have an artificial tree, the most important
thing to look for is the "Fire Resistant" label.
This means the tree has been treated with a chemical
that makes it resist burning — It DOES NOT mean the tree can't, or won't, catch on fire. NEVER use electric lights on metallic trees. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.

Decorate the tree first, and plug in the lights last.

Try to insure your bulbs don't touch the tree or other decorations. Take time to untangle and carefully inspect each set of lights before stringing it on the tree. It's easier to find and replace broken and burnt-out bulbs before stringing your lights on the tree! If a light set doesn't work at all, better to know so before it's on the tree.

Turn off or unplug your indoor holiday lighting whenever the decorated area of the house is unattended –not just when going to bed or leaving the house.

Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other
evergreens. When using candles for holiday accents,
always use non-flammable holders, and place candles
where they cannot be overturned.

If you have small children, avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable; keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to avoid the child swallowing or inhaling small pieces. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to eat them.

Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons and bows from tree and fireplace areas promptly after gifts are opened. These items can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child, or can ignite if near a heat source.

Make sure candles are placed in sturdy, non-combustible holders that will not tip, away from decorations, drapes, and other combustible materials.

Check your candles frequently to make sure they don't burn down too far or drip hot wax.

Keep Yule Logs, Menorahs and Kinaras away from drapes, trees or any other potentially flammable objects.

Keep holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly berries, and Christmas cactus away from children and pets.


Davie Police Department
1230 South Nob Hill Road
Davie, FL 33324

Emergency: 9-1-1

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