MCFRS News Release

Have an Escape Plan - Get Out Alive and Uninjured

Injury and fire loss increase an average 61% and 43% respectively

Typically the winter months of December, January and February are the busiest in terms of emergency fire responses for area fire and rescue departments.  Cooking, candles left burning attended and dried out Christmas trees could pose a particular fire hazard this time of year and, in fact continue to be a potential cause of fires in Montgomery County.   Fire Chief Richard Bowers and the men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service want to help make your holidays more joyful and safe. By taking the simple safety precautions listed below, you can help ensure that you and your loved ones will have a Fire Safe Home for the Holidays!

It is important that all residents know to have a working smoke alarm on each level of a home, have an escape plan (know how to get out quickly) and call the fire department from a safe area, preferably a neighbor’s house. Always Remember! If a fire starts in your home GET OUT and call 911 IMMEDIATELY closing the door to the room on fire as you go! DO NOT DELAY as fire doubles in size every minute!

Holiday Safety Tips

Lights and Candles

 

NOTE: Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree! Do not go near a holiday tree with an open flame candles, lighters or matches.

Cooking

Trees

Dangerous time of year –

 

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