Photos courtesy of Douglas Morrison.
by Pearl Castillo
The Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Los Angeles City Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Grossman Burn Center co-hosted their annual news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to bring important holiday safety messages to communities across Southern California. Fire Chief Daryl Osby spoke on the importance of holiday safety in the home.
“California law requires every home – even apartments- to have a carbon monoxide detector,” said Chief Osby. “Another thing that I want to emphasize is to make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use. Make sure that extension cords are certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as UL, CSA or ETL, and read the manufacturer’s instructions,” added Chief Osby.
Dr. Matt Young from the Grossman Burn Center echoed the importance of Christmas tree safety.
“Every year at Grossman, we see children and adults with burns around this time of the year. Burns are all preventable and the most tragic burns come from fires from Christmas trees,” said Dr. Young.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles cause more than 38 percent of fires in the U.S. From 2009 to 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 9,300 home structure fires that were started by candles. To bring home the dangers of Christmas tree fires, a live demonstration illustrated just how quickly and intensely a dried-out Christmas tree can burn.
Electrical failures, decorative lights and candles also rank high as leading causes of house fires during the holiday season. For more information on fire safety this holiday season, visit our Department’s website.