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Posted on: December 13, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Campbell County Department of Public Safety Provides Safety Tips for Holiday Season and Winter

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The Campbell County Department of Public Safety wants to remind you that there are steps you can take to help you stay safe this holiday season.

The December holiday season coincides with the start of winter weather in Central Virginia. So it’s a good idea to brush up on safety measures for holiday decorating and winter weather.

Here are some of Public Safety’s winter holiday safety tips:

*Keep live Christmas trees in areas that are far from heating sources such as fireplaces, heat vents, and space heaters.

*All decorations should be non-flammable/flame retardant and placed away from heat sources.

*Check ornaments, decorations, and tree branches to make sure they are not retaining heat from nearby lights.

*Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, cracked sockets, and excessive wear before placing them in or on the home. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.

Some of Public Safety’s winter weather safety tips are:

*Bring pets indoors to avoid winter storms and the cold.

*Use extra caution if using wood, kerosene, or other fuels as supplemental heating sources. Ensure proper ventilation is present and refill units outside.

*Keep space heaters away from flammable items.

*Check your preparedness kits to ensure supplies are up to date and that flashlights, radios, and other items still work. Replace any batteries that are not fully charged.

*If traveling during winter storms, wait until roads have been adequately cleared before driving, and reduce speed to accommodate for roadway conditions.

For a complete list of holiday and winter safety recommendations, go to the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Preparedness section on this website by clicking on the link below.


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