Video: Plymouth Fire Department Tips For A Safe Holiday

Stay safe this holiday season! Use common sense when cooking and decorating the home.

Here's some safety tips from the city of Plymouth and a video featuring Deputy Fire Chief Kip Springer about staying safe this holiday season:

Candle Safety

  • Test your smoke detectors monthly. Replace their batteries once a year.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Do not place burning candles on end tables or other areas where they might accidentally be knocked over.
  • Always keep burning candles out of the reach of children or pets.
  • Never place a burning candle near something that can catch fire.
  • Keep candles away from drafts and vents.
  • Trim wicks to ¼" prior to each use.
  • Extinguish taper or pillar candles when they get within 2" of their holders.
  • Always use a flame-retardant base that has been made for candles.
  • Keep matches, wick trimmings and foreign objects out of the candle wax.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from kids. Teach children to tell adults if they find matches or a lighter.

ire and Burn Prevention

  • Test smoke detectors every month and replace batteries once a year.
  • Make and practice a home escape plan. Keep lighters, matches and lighter fluid stored in a secure place that is inaccessible to children.
  • Teach children to never play with fire. If they find matches or lighters, they should tell an adult.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Turn pot handles to the back of the stove when cooking. Do not place hot liquids near the edges of tables or counters.
  • Have children play away from the kitchen and the outdoor grill.
  • Choking, Suffocation and Strangulation Prevention
  • Teach children not to put inedible objects in their mouths.
  • Be alert to choking, suffocation and strangulation dangers. These dangers may include balloons, necklaces, marbles, buttons, scarves, shoelaces, plastic bags, drapery cords, clothing with drawstrings and scarves.

Poison Prevention

  • Install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
  • Keep cleaning supplies, medicine, paint and aerosol cans out of the reach of young children.
  • Remove poisonous plants from home and yard.
  • Use poison alert (Mr. Yuck) stickers.


Falls Prevention

  • Purchase shoes with Velcro straps instead of shoelaces.
  • Double tie shoelaces to prevent untied shoes.
  • Use a non-slip bath mat.
  • Do not allow children to jump or climb on furniture.
  • Supervise children at playgrounds.

Firearm Injury Prevention

  • Keep firearms locked up.
  • Separate ammunition from firearms, and secure both.
  • Use triggers locks.
  • Teach children to never touch a firearm.
  • Ask your children to tell you or another trusted adult if their friends or acquaintances play with guns.
Kevin Dawson November 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
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