Stay Safe this Holiday – Queen Creek Fire and Medical Wishes a Happy and Safe Holiday Season
The holiday season is filled with festivities and cheer, from family meals to merry decorations, but many of the holiday traditions can be a safety hazard if not properly prepared. According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fires originate the most frequently in the kitchen. Additionally, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the three most common days for home cooking fires. The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department (QCFMD) want the holiday season to be filled with joy and offer the following safety recommendations to reduce holiday hazards.
Christmas Tree Safety
- Select a tree with fresh, green needles.
- Place the tree and ornaments at least three feet from any heat source.
- Water the tree daily.
- Replace lights that are worn, have broken cords or loose bulbs.
- Never use candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off tree lights before leaving and going to bed.
- Remove the tree once it is dry by recycling it at one of the Town’s tree recycling events.
- Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop (oven mitts, food packaging, etc.).
- Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or boiling food. If you must leave the room, turn off the stove.
- Be sure to thaw the turkey completely before cooking.
- If you have a pan fire, place a lid on the pan and turn off the burner.
- Keep kids at least three feet away from the stove, oven, hot food and liquids.
- Never leave space heaters unattended, including while you sleep. Do not let pets or kids play too close to space heaters.
- Do not plug extension cords into one another.
- Only use lights and extension cords outside that are labeled for outdoor use.
- Check decorations for any frayed or pinched wires; discard any worn decorations.
- Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Install working smoke alarms on every level in your home, in every bedroom, and outside of each sleeping area. Test the alarms monthly and change the batteries annually.
The Town of Queen Creek offers free recycling services for Christmas trees, electronics, paint and cooking oil. Holiday recycling for trees, electronics and paint will be available on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon. Both events will be held at the Town’s Field Operations Facility located at 19715 S. 220th Street (located on 220th Street, north of Queen Creek Road).
The Town also offers a free cooking oil recycling program. The used oil is collected and turned into clean biodiesel fuel. Collection barrels are available year-round at Fire Station 2 located at 24787 S. Sossaman Road.
Visit QueenCreek.org/Recycling to learn more about the programs.
Marnie Schubert, Director of Communications, Marketing & Recreation