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S.C. Office of State Fire Marshal Offers Seasonal Safety Tips

The S.C. Office of State Fire Marshal offers the following seasonal safety reminders for natural cut Christmas trees, holiday decorations and proper usage of candles.

treeUsage of Natural Cut Trees

For many families, the holiday wouldn't be complete without a natural cut tree gracing the family room and filling the home with a natural and fresh Christmas scent.

When you bring your Christmas tree home, it's important to keep the tree watered at all times. A fresh, well-watered tree will not burn as easily. Under favorable conditions, Christmas trees should last inside safely several weeks. When a tree ceases to "drink" water, or needles break, brown or fall off, it should be removed from the house.

Holiday Decorations: Be Safe and Beautiful

Beautiful decorations are traditional in the lives of South Carolinians," said State Fire Marshal John Reich, who also is Deputy Director of the LLR Division of Fire and Life Safety. "But it is more important to know that holiday decorations lead to added fire risks if safety precautions are not followed."

Decorating safety tips:

Safe Candle Use

Candles have become an increasingly popular decoration. Reich indicates candle usage in the home is on the increase, ultimately increasing the number of home fires. Two out of five candle-caused home fires start in the bedroom.
"Candles, as pretty as they may be, are a growing cause of home fires and home fire deaths," Reich said.
To encourage fire safety, Reich offers the following tips:

Although highly discouraged, if you must use candles in the bedroom:

Special Holiday Gift

This season purchase a life-saving holiday gift.

"It is difficult to pick the perfect present, especially for those who have everything," Reich said. "A new smoke alarm could be the gift of life for those who may encounter a fire in the coming year."

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