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Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.
Picking the tree
Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree
Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.
Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
On 11/21 at 00:18 hrs. Pinch Vol. Fire Department was alerted to a reported Structure Fire in the 5000 block of Elk River Rd. South. Units quickly responded and arrived on scene to find a single story residence that was fully engulfed in fire. Neighbors told fire department members that no one was home at the time of the fire and no cars were present in the driveway. Crews quickly went to work deploying ... (Full Story & Photos)
On 6/2 at 1012 hrs. Pinch Fire Department was alerted to a reported structure fire in the 100 block of Kennel Dr. in Pinch. Within minutes a portable unit marked on scene advising a two story residential structure with thirty percent involvement and possible entrapment on the second floor per family. Engine 22 arrived on scene and a primary search was performed yielding no results. By this time Fire ... (Full Story & Photos)
On 5/28 at 1928 hrs. Pinch Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Summit Park Circle in Pinch. Kanawha County Ambulance arrived on scene and alerted the fire department units responding of a working kitchen fire with smoke showing. Engine 22 arrived on scene to find a two story mid-entry level residential structure with light smoke showing from the exterior. Crews quickly made ... (Full Story & Photos)
On 5/22 at 1641 hrs. Pinch Fire Department was alerted to a reported structure fire on Benson Dr. in the Mink Shoals area. Within minutes Lieutenant 2 arrived on scene to find a 2 story residential structure with light smoke showing from the exterior. Homeowners reported that the fire originated in the kitchen area and was extinguished prior to the Fire Department arriving by the residents. Crews ... (Full Story & Photos)
On Ma 14th at 1023 hrs. Pinch Fire Department was alerted to a reported working structure fire in the area of Exxon in Big Chimney. Squad 2 and Engine 22 responded within minutes with a total of 7 members. Squad 2 arrived on scene to find a single wide trailer fully involved with fire. Engine 22 established a water supply via hydrant and two (2) 1 3/4 hand-lines were deployed allowing crews to begin ... (Full Story & Photos)
Into the spotlight for the week is our own Jacob Wolfe. Jacob serves as a Firefighter our of our Pinch main station. Jacob came to Pinch VFD in November of 2013 of a Probationary Firefighter. Since joining Jacob has successfully obtained his Firefighter 1, HazMat Operations, and EVOC to name a few
Jacob works full time with the WV Division of Forestry as a patroller. During his down time Jacob enjoys ... (Full Story & Photos)
On 5/3 at 1129 hrs. Pinch Fire Department was alerted to a reported working structure fire on Conner Drive in the Mink Shoals area. Within minutes crews from Pinch responded. When crews arrived on scene they found a single story structure fully involved with fire. Crews immediately went to work by securing a water source via hydrant, deploying hand-lines, and setting up the Tower Ladder for aerial ... (Full Story & Photos)
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