As of December 8 @ 08:30
Oh Christmas Tree!
As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly!
Did you know: Almost one third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems?
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.
A heat source too close to the tree causes more than one of every five of the fires.
Picking the tree: Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched.
Placing the tree: Before placing the tree in the stand, remove 2 inches from the base of the trunk and make sure the tree is three feet away from any heat source. Add water to the tree stand daily.
Lighting the tree: Use lights for their designated purpose – indoor or outdoor. Replace any lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree and always turn off Christmas tree lights before going out or going to bed.
After Christmas: Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it gets dry. Dried out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home, the garage or placed outside against the home.
On behalf of all of us at Redwood Meadows Emergency Services, we wish you happy and safe holidays with family and friends!
Did you know that November is deer mating season? That means drivers run a high risk for collisions with deer and other wildlife. Animal-vehicle collisions are two times more likely in November than any other month of the year.
Use these 9 tips to avoid animal strikes and minimize their impact:
One of the most common calls we receive is for traumatic injuries.
Traumatic injury is damage to the body caused by external force. This may be caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and other causes. One of the most preventable of these, traumatic head injuries are a result of a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury.
Preventing sports-related head injuries: Buy and use helmets or protective head gear approved for specific sports. In addition to other safety apparel or gear, helmets or head gear should be worn at all times for: Softball, Cycling, Football, Hockey, Horseback riding, Skateboards/Scooters, Skiing and Wrestling.
General prevention tips
Preventing other head injuries
Until next month, stay safe!
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We often get asked “when should I call 9-1-1”, here’s some tips:
When should you call 9-1-1?
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience:
When in doubt, call 9-1-1!
If you're not sure whether extra help is needed, call 9-1-1 and the trained dispatcher will help advise you. It is better to be safe and let the 9-1-1 call taker determine if you need emergency assistance.
What to do if you call 9-1-1 by mistake:
If you call by mistake, do not hang up, just stay on the line and tell the dispatcher that everything is OK. If you hang up, they may send help to your location to investigate if there is a problem.
Finally, please do not phone the fire hall or send a social media message to alert to an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Did you know…RMES offers first aid courses in the community? If you’re interested in receiving more information, email George.Low@RMESFire.Org.
Until next month, stay safe!