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SMFD Advises Residents On Holiday Fire Safety

The San Marino Fire Department issues this friendly reminder during this holiday season, when decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of a serious fire. Following these few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever-popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy.

*If your household includes a natural tree in its festivities, take to heart the sales person’s suggestion – “Keep the tree watered.” Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are usually not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be.

*The San Marino Fire Department provides a service referred to as Operation Fire Safe. Operation Fire Safe is a home safety inspection survey to help residents identify fire and life safety hazards in their homes. The program is available year-round, and available to any resident of the City. If any resident has questions concerning holiday fire safety feel free to contact the San Marino Fire Department at (626)300-0735 or fire@cityofsanmarino.org

Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. Do not leave it up for longer than two weeks.

*When disposing of your tree, never burn your tree or any parts of it. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. Athens Services collects holiday trees each year, from the day after Christmas through the second week of January, on your normal pickup day.

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