By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Fire Department today issued its annual list of safety tips for the holidays.
Fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers gave a demonstration of how to properly slice the base off a freshly cut Christmas tree.
“You want to make sure you take a half-inch to one-inch cut,” he said, adding, “This cut was pre-started so we wouldn’t be here all day. It’s cutting nice and smooth.”
The commissioner had a couple of dozen guests with him this time: elementary school students who were newly inducted members of the Junior Fire Patrol.
“Keep portable heaters away from live trees. Place tree trimmings and decorations away from a heat source,” recited one.
“Check water level daily and add more water if needed,” said another.
“Test smoke alarm batteries once a week,” added a third.
They were commonsense — and very important — tips for a season that carries its own unique fire dangers.