Barbourville Fire Department





     Following these safety tips will help ensure a happy and safe holiday season for you and your family:



Christmas Tree Safety

     *  Select the location for your Christmas tree carefully, keeping it away from fireplaces, heating vents, and other heat-producing appliances that may dry out the tree.


     *  Saw at least an inch off the trunk bottom.


     *  Mount the tree in a stand that holds water. Keep the water level above the cut. This will keep the tree fresh and green while reducing the risk of fire.


     *  Do not use lighted candles or other flaming devices on or near your Christmas tree or near other decorations.


     *  Use tree lights that bear the Underwriters' Laboratory (U.L.) label, and check the strings for signs of wear and tear. Do not use lights that are frayed or operate with missing or broken bulbs.


     *  Exercise care with extension cords. Use no more than three sets of lights per extension cord. Do not place the cords under rugs or in paths of travel.


     *  Check your smoke detectors. If battery powered, the batteries should be changed twice each year. We suggest that you change the batteries twice a year.


     *  Do not attempt to burn branches from the tree in your fireplace. Dry trees throw off a tremendous amount of heat and and can create a dangerous fire. After taking down the tree, leave it at the curbside for recycling.



Toys and Ornaments

     *  Purchase appropriate toys for the appropriate age. Some toys designed for older children might be dangerous for younger children.


     *  Electric toys should be UL/FM approved.


     *  Toys with sharp points, sharp edges, strings, cords, or parts small enough to be swallowed should not be given to small children.


     *  Place older ornaments and decorations that might be painted with lead paint out of the reach of small children and pets.




     *  Never drink and drive.


     *  Provide non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers and other guests.




The members of the Barbourville

Fire Department wish for you

a SAFE and JOYOUS Holiday Season!



This page was created by members of the Barbourville (KY) Firemens' Club for your education and enjoyment.




Created: December 6, 2003

Modified: November 22, 2009