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December 13th, 2019 by Mike Vasilinda

Friday, December 13 , 2019

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Christmas Fire Safety
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Anchor Lead
Christmas is a joyous time of the year, but too often, as Jake Stofan tells us, mistakes are sometimes made when maintaining the festive tree  and the results can be deadly.
Supers:
0:00-0:15 Jake Stofan
0:37-0:45 Jimmy Patronis
(R) Florida Chief Financial Officer/ State Fire Marshal
0:45-1:00 Jake Stofan
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Fire safety advocates also urge Floridans to use caution when disposing of a live tree. You should keep them stored outdoors and contact one of many Christmas tree disposal services, which will often take the tree off your hands free of charge.
Christmas Fire Safety LOOK LIVE
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“Christmas tree disasters like the one behind me cause an average of 160 fires and three deaths a year across the nation, but the state’s fire marshal says you don’t want anything like this to happen to you.”
Something as simple as an electrical shortage can turn a serene Christmas tree like this one…
NAT POP: Smoke Alarm
Into a deadly blaze.
But using LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs, keeping your tree hydrated and away from fire hazards like fire places,  heat vents, and other heat sources can prevent a Christmas catastrophe.
SOT Jimmy Patronis
(R) Florida Chief Financial Officer/ State Fire Marshal
“The most glaring point is make sure there’s no open flames, no candles near them. That was the biggest cause of the fires.”
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“And while fake trees are generally a safer option real trees are perfectly safe. Fire safety advocates say keeping these common sense precautions in mind can ensure a fire free holiday.”

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