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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 10-108
Date: December 1, 2010

Fire Safety and Your Tree

According to the National Fire Protection Association, overloaded electric outlets and faulty wires are the most common causes of holiday fires in homes. These types of fires can be just as dangerous with an artificial tree or a live tree. In an effort to increase Christmas tree safety, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department provides local tree vendors with "Fire Safety and Your Tree" safety cards. A replica of the 5 by 8 inch green and white card is shown below:

 Text Box:  	Keep tree base immersed in water.   	Do not permit smoking near the tree.   	Use only lights that are U.L. approved.   	Use flame retardant decorations and paper.   	Inspect lights for frayed or cracked wiring, broken plugs,   and defective sockets.   	Unplug lights at night and when leaving the home.   	Remove the tree soon after the holidays–before the needles dry out.








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For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs,
services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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