Fire Prevention Tips

Fireworks Safety

Confused about the New Arizona Fireworks Law?
Recent legislation has changed the types of fireworks that are legal to posess, sell or use. An Arizona law that took effect on December 1, 2010 allows the use of deregulated novelties and permissible consumer fireworks. It prohibits the use of fireworks that shoot flames, rockets, reports or anything else into the air, or explodes. The law also provides that anyone who is 16 or over can purchase them.

So exactly which types of fireworks are legal? We have the answer. Click here to download our Fireworks Identification Sheet (PDF). Of course, all fireworks should be used with extreme caution and with close adult supervsion.

Preventing Christmas Tree Fires

Selecting a Tree for the Holiday
Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard.
Caring for Your Tree
Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
Disposing of Your Tree
Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or woodburning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.

Holiday Lights

Maintain Your Holiday Lights
Inspect 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.
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