Wilmington Fire Department gives tips on staying safe as the holidays approach

Wilmington Fire Department gives tips on staying safe as the holidays approach

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Christmas is right around the corner and time is ticking away to complete to-do lists. This often leads busy roads and many rushing around right before Christmas.

Tom Robinson, assistant chief with the Wilmington Fire Department offered up some tips to stay safe during the holiday hustle.

Wilmington Fire Department gives tips on staying safe as the holidays approach

“Some of our biggest tips are to stay being really careful with your Christmas trees. If you have a live one keep it watered, make sure it doesn’t dry out. Lots of people have electrical issues overloading their electrical circuits, using old, frayed lights and things that shouldn’t be used outside. Candles are a really big one because everyone decorates with those. Adding the candles with the decorations a lot of times the smaller fires start with that,” Robinson said.

He also warns drivers to be vigilant while traveling over the next few weeks.

“We always are a lot more busy with traffic accidents. We have people traveling, making lots of trips, we have more visitors to this area who might not be familiar with out new traffic patterns due to construction and things like that which can really cause us a lot of trouble. People traveling late at night, trying to get to and from. We have lots of different accidents and things that take place so we ask you to be very careful while you’re traveling,” he said.

Robinson also said to be weary of small children and pets, as more choking hazards are present with gifts and decorations.

“A lot of small items so choking hazards for children. Even your pets with the ornaments that wind up on the floor and things like that. They tend to eat them because they look like candy or cookies, that type of thing. If you’re getting new toys for your kids for Christmas make sure all the safety devices come with them, helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, all those types of things,” Robinson said.

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