Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column passing along some important holiday season safety tips from our friends at the Red, White & Blue Fire District.With the holiday season upon us, Red, White & Blue Fire District would like to remind folks to enjoy the season safely. Each year, fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people, injure 1,650 more and cause over $990 million in damage. Following are a few tips to keep in mind this season.When selecting a tree, make sure you select a fresh tree whose needles should be green and hard to pull back from the branches and the trunk should be sticky to the touch. Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. When decorating your Christmas tree, examine light strings before placing on your tree, discarding worn or frayed strings. Fasten the bulbs securely and point sockets down to avoid moisture build-up. Connect no more than three strands together and unplug light strand before replacing a bulb. All decorations should be non-flammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. If you use candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning. Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame-candles, lighters or matches.By following these tips listed above, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of your family and friends this holiday season.***Somewhere on this page you will see a photo sent in by Dan Streeter. We thought it may make you chuckle, as it did for us. These guys are were hard at work all day setting some steel pillars in the concrete to stop vehicles from parking on the sidewalk near a sports bar in Norman, Okla. They are just about done and are cleaning up for the day. How long do you think it will take before they realized where they parked?***We out trying to find a last minute tree to make our home a feel little more like the holidays.
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