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1801 “Q” Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, 441-8350, fax 441-7098

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2009
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jeff Hatcher, Fire Captain, 441-8381

Children to help Firefighters rescue Santa

Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) reminds residents to focus on fire prevention and safety over the upcoming holiday season. Each year, fires claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure1,650 more and cause more than $930 million in damage. To focus attention on holiday fire safety, LFR and two local children will rescue Santa from a roof at SouthPointe Pavilions the evening of Saturday, November 28. This year’s event is part of radio station B107's “Christmas Wish” program. (Details on this event have been forwarded through SouthPointe Pavilions.)

LFR offers the following holiday fire safety tips:

  • When selecting a natural tree, look for one with needles that are green and hard to pull off a branch. Do not put the tree near any source of heat, such as a fireplace or heat vent, which can cause the tree to dry more quickly. Use a large sturdy tree stand and keep it filled with water.
  • Artificial Christmas trees should be flame-retardant
  • Check electric lights for frayed wires, broken or cracked sockets and excessive wear before use. Use lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Unplug lights when you leave the room and before sleeping. Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and should never be placed near heating vents or fireplaces.
  • Do not burning wrapping paper in the fireplace. This can result in a very large dangerous fire that may throw off sparks and embers and may result in a chimney fire.
  • Unattended candles start many dangerous fires each year. If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders that are out of reach of children. Never put lit candles on a tree. Extinguish all candles before leaving a room.
  • Have working smoke alarms installed in every sleeping area and on every level of your home. Test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times.
  • Practice your home escape plan.
To protect children in the home, LFR also recommends cutting branches off the bottom of natural trees. Ribbons and sharp or breakable glass ornaments should be kept out of the reach of children.

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