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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Clayton Fire releases holiday decorating safety tips

  • The Clayton Fire Company in cooperation with FEMA is releasing holiday decorating safety tips for residents to make homes and businesses safer during the holidays.
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  • The Clayton Fire Company in cooperation with FEMA is releasing holiday decorating safety tips for residents to make homes and businesses safer during the holidays.
    The following safety tips include:
    Lighting safety:
    - Inspect lights for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets
    - Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory
    - Don't link more than three light strands
    - Make sure to periodically check the wires- they shouldn't be warm to the touch
    Candle safety:
    - Never leave a burning candle unattended
    - Keep candles in stable holders and where they can't be easily knocked down
    - Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn
    - Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas
    - Consider using battery-operated flame-less candles
    Plant safety:
    - Select fresh, healthy plants and don't put them out too early so that they'll last
    - Keep all plants well-watered throughout the holiday season
    - Keep plants away from heat sources like candles, fireplaces, or heaters
    - Dispose of plants safely, take them to a recycling center or picked-up by a service

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