Happy Holidays!

Collierville Fire & Rescue




HOLIDAY LIGHTS and SAFETY

  • Maintain Your Holiday Lights - InInspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
  • Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets - Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch. 

  • Do not leave holiday lights on unattended!

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

  • Use Only Non-flammable Decorations - All decorations should be non-flammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant. 

  • Don't Block Exits - Ensure that trees and other holiday decorations do not block an exit way. In the event of a fire, time is of the essence and a blocked entry/exit way puts you and your family at risk.

  • Never Put Wrapping Paper in the Fireplace - Wrapping paper in the fireplace can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers that may result in a chimney fire.

CANDLE CARE

  • Avoid Using Lit Candles - If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning. 

  • Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree - Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame – candles, lighters or matches. 


                 As you deck the halls this holiday be fire smart!  

If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.  For a live tree choose one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree 

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1 to 2 inches 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 and 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, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and amaximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. 
  • Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home, 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.

FACTS

  •  Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by  Christmas trees.
  •  48% of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
  •  A heat source too close to the tree causes 27% of the fires.

Having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. Remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.


 



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Collierville’s newest ladder truck is currently under construction at the Pierce Manufacturing Facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. The new ladder truck has a Pierce Dash CF chassis equipped with a 100’ heavy-duty steel ladder, PUC pump with 2,000 gpm capability, 300gal water tank, 30gal foam tank, and an on-board hydraulic engine. Construction is expected to be completed mid-February, 2017.

The 100’ aerial platform is a multi-purpose piece of apparatus and will respond on all fire calls, technical rescue, vehicle extrication, and haz-mat/CBRNE incidents on a day-to-day basis. As the result of this purchase, it will significantly improve and enhance our operational capabilities and be a catalyst that enhances subsequent strategic and tactical priorities. It will contribute to protecting lives and property, and fully support our department’s goals and objectives toward our mission.
 


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Collierville Fire Protection Rating as of as of  October 1, 2016: Class 2
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