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Dear Fellow Floridians,
The holidays are here and we are nearing the end of 2020, a year that has impacted many individuals, families and business throughout the Sunshine State. It's important to remember a few safety tips to avoid holiday accidents or becoming a victim of a scam.
State Fire Marshal, I'm reminding all Floridians of the hazards
associated with Christmas trees, lights and decorations. I recently hosted the Tallahassee Fire Department's annual Christmas tree burn. We produced a riveting video demonstration of how a hazard can quickly become a tragedy - you can view the video at this link. Here are a few tips to stay safe this holiday season.
Five Christmas Fire Safety Tips
- Check the water in your tree stand every day. When your Christmas tree dries out, it becomes more flammable and can lead to disaster.
- Never leave tree lights on overnight or while you are out. Not unplugging lighting can be an accident waiting to happen. Additionally, always purchase lights that have been accepted by a national testing organization.
- Open flames don't belong near your Christmas tree. A lit candle and a Christmas tree can cause a dangerous situation in a hurry.
- Change out damaged or broken lights. Don't wait until it is too late. If a there is a problem with a bulb or string of lights, replace it right away. Always read all manufacturer's instructions prior to making any repairs.
- Do not store your tree in the home or garage. A dry tree can pose a serious fire risk when left in a garage or car port. Do not place your tree against the home before disposal.
- As we look forward to the New Year, we have hope for the mitigation and eventual end to the COVID-19 pandemic and a return to more normal personal and professional lives. I look forward to serving our Department licensees and the public as Florida's Chief Financial Officer in 2021 and beyond.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
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