Safe celebrating: What VFD recommends for safe holiday decoratin - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Safe celebrating: What VFD recommends for safe holiday decorating

VFD offers safety tip when decorating inside and outside your home. (Source: WALB) VFD offers safety tip when decorating inside and outside your home. (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

In the midst of Christmas season many of us will have our homes decorated with lights and trees, but the extras in our home, also mean we need to be more safety conscious.

The Valdosta Fire Department wants to remind community members of how they can be festive and prevent fires at the same time.

VFD said that people should make sure to keep their tree watered if its a live tree. If it is dry, the heat of the lights set a higher chance of the tree catching on fire.

VFD also recommends people turn their tree lights off at night.

"When you know you're going to bed at night, just go ahead and turn the lights off. It's just a safety precaution, it may never happen, but you don't want to take that chance that you'll be the one whose house catches on fire," said Fire and Life Safety Educator Tangela Rowe.

Valdosta firefighters also said to remember to not block your exits with large Christmas decorations and to make sure your smoke detectors are up to date.

VFD added that electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in two out of every five or (40%) of home Christmas tree fires.

Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved.

Keep up with WALB on the go! 
Follow us on social  
   and download our apps!

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Sanitary sewer extension could come to Shadowlawn area

    Sanitary sewer extension could come to Shadowlawn area

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:06:54 GMT
    The sanitary sewer extension would cover 67 homes in the area. (Source: WALB)The sanitary sewer extension would cover 67 homes in the area. (Source: WALB)

    Community members from the Shadowlawn area met with city leaders to talk about a new sanitary sewer expansion plan.  The expansion plan would extend North on West Gordon Avenue, to South on Shadow-Lawn Drive, then east on West-town Road to the railroad tracks off of West Waddell Avenue.  City leaders said this project is long overdue for the homeowners in this area.  

    More >>

    Community members from the Shadowlawn area met with city leaders to talk about a new sanitary sewer expansion plan.  The expansion plan would extend North on West Gordon Avenue, to South on Shadow-Lawn Drive, then east on West-town Road to the railroad tracks off of West Waddell Avenue.  City leaders said this project is long overdue for the homeowners in this area.  

    More >>
  • DOCO health department hosts back to school immunizations

    DOCO health department hosts back to school immunizations

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:58:30 GMT
    Vaccinations are required for 3, 4 and 5-year-old, and children entering the 7th grade. (Source: WALB)Vaccinations are required for 3, 4 and 5-year-old, and children entering the 7th grade. (Source: WALB)

    Some folks in Albany already got a jump start on their back to school preparations.  The Doughtery County Health Department held their back to school immunization clinics Saturday. 

    More >>

    Some folks in Albany already got a jump start on their back to school preparations.  The Doughtery County Health Department held their back to school immunization clinics Saturday. 

    More >>
  • How to avoid mosquitoes this summer

    How to avoid mosquitoes this summer

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:15 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:15:11 GMT
    Mosquitoes on glass (Source: CDC)Mosquitoes on glass (Source: CDC)

    As the weather heats up and people begin to enjoy their summer, everyone wants to prevent mosquitoes from ruining their summertime fun.

    More >>

    As the weather heats up and people begin to enjoy their summer, everyone wants to prevent mosquitoes from ruining their summertime fun.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly