Christmas giftChristmas in Putnam…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Putnam residents are decking the halls and trimming trees. Putnam County Fire Rescue’s Christmas wish is for a fire-safe holiday season. While our primary goal is to keep every home fire safe, we know that isn’t always realistic. Should fire strike your home this holiday season, we want you and yours to know when to go.
The winter months are the peak times for home heating, candle, decoration and Christmas tree fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 230 structure fires caused by Christmas trees per year. One of every three is caused by electrical problems. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be deadly than other fires.
Putnam County Fire Rescue wants you and your family to be prepared. The first line of defense in the event of a home fire is a working smoke alarm. A home should have smoke alarms on every level, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. For the best protection, interconnect the alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound. Test all smoke alarms at least each month by pushing the test button. Make sure to replace smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
But just knowing when to go is not enough. Families should also plan and practice a home fire escape plan so they know how to go. Your plan should include two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place.
In the event of a fire, a working smoke alarm and a well-practiced plan can mean the difference between life and death. Putnam County Fire Rescue’s priority is keeping our community safe. Practicing your family’s plan would be the best gift we get this holiday season.
Shane E. Hill, Chief
Putnam County Fire Rescue