Keep the appropriate fire safety tips handy while preparing for the holiday season this year. Agent Michael Thomas of State Farm Insurance Agency and Georgia Arson Control (GAC) urge the citizens of Gwinnett County to keep safety in mind when decorating their homes for the holidays.

According to Thomas, “The holiday season can be filled with family, friends, and good food, but let’s also keep safety in mind while enjoying this time of year.” Thomas also offers the following tips for ensuring a safe holiday:



・ When purchasing a tree, check the tree for freshness. A dry tree is highly flammable. Use this test: hold a branch about six inches from the tip, and pull your hand toward the tip, allowing the branch to slip through your fingers. If the tree is fresh, very few green needles will come off. Also, lift the tree off the ground and tap the trunk on the ground. Again, very few needles should fall off.
・ Before placing the tree in a stand designed not to tip over, cut about six inches off the trunk of the tree and soak the base of the tree in a bucket of water over night.
・ The tree stand should be designed to hold plenty of water and should be checked daily.
・ Do not place the tree or natural garland near a fireplace, furnace vents, television, or other heat sources.

GAC was formed in January of 1979 by property and casualty insurers writing business in Georgia.  GAC, Georgia Department of Insurance and Safety Fire, and state/local law enforcement agencies, established an ARSON HOTLINE 1-800-282-5804. A reward fund was initiated from which monetary rewards are given to individuals who come forward with information that results in the arrest and conviction of arsonists. 

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