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  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas trees accounted for 250 fire annually, resulting in 14 deaths, 26 injuries and more than $13.8 million in damages from 2003-2007.
  • Always be sure to make a fresh cut of at least 1/2 inch off the trunk before you place it in the stand to ensure the tree will take water.
  • Keep the tree properly watered through the holiday season.
  • Be especially careful near the end of the season when the tree eventually begins to dry out, despite it being properly watered.
  • Never place an open flame near the tree, and locate the tree away from any heat sources. (Never leave a space heater un-attended and keep it away from any flamable materials!!)
  • Limit the amount of time the lights on the tree are illuminated.

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  • Shown above are sources of Carbon Monoxide in the home.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors can be purchased comercially and may be your only defense against this colorless and oderless gas that can have fatal results in your home.
  • CO poisoning is especially prevelant in the winter when houses are sealed from the outside.
  • High levels of CO inhalation will yield a difficiency of oxygen within the blood, as CO is picked up much quicker by red blood cells compared to oxygen.
  • The following are some symptoms of CO poisoning:
      • Headache
      • Dizziness
      • Weakness
      • Nausea
      • Vomiting
      • Chest pain
      • Confusion
  • Here are some easy ways to reduce the chance of CO poisoning within your home:
      • Never use a gas range or oven for heating your home
      • Always run your generator or use any grill outdoors, away from any air intakes to your home
      • Never run a vehicle in a garage with the door shut.
      • Have your heating system, water heating or other gas, oil or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician each yer.

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