Janel Vasallo, the Lakeland Fire Department's Public Education and Information Officer will sit down and speak with Hall Communication's Andrea Oliver to share important holiday safety tips and more about the department's upcoming Open House event. The radio program is scheduled to air Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM on 98.7 FM and 8:30 AM on 97.5 FM and other Lakeland area Hall Communication's radio stations. Janel will also sit down to discuss similar safety tips with Lakeland Vision's Tammy Wright for a separate radio broadcast scheduled to air October 6, 2013 on the same stations.
With the end of the year approaching and a busy holiday season ahead, fire safety needs to be at the forefront of citizen’s minds. The incident of fires doubles during the holidays and with the decorations and special events that come with the holiday so does the increased risk of fire.
Halloween is fast approaching and the LFD encourages citizens to avoid billowing or long fabrics for costumes, the use of candles in Halloween decor, and reminds citizens to make sure they have readily available lighting like flashlights when trick-or treating. Click here for more information.
Thanksgiving is a very popular holiday with lots of additional happenings in the kitchen necessary to prepare all of the delicious meals the holiday is known for. The LFD wants to remind citizens to always stay in the kitchen when cooking, be sure to keep the stove clear, and to keep children away from hot surfaces or electrical equipment. Also, frying turkeys has become a popular way to prepare the holiday staple, however it is a highly dangerous way of cooking. Click here for more safety tips in regards to frying turkeys if you still plan on doing so. Click here for general Thanksgiving safety tips.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year full of beautiful decorations to mark the occasion, decorations which can pose an additional fire threat. Please be sure to use fire retardant artificial trees or a well-watered tree if using a natural Christmas tree, don't over load electrical outlets with decorative lights, make sure to inspect all decorative lights to ensure none are broken or that frayed wires are exposed, and use flame-less candles as opposed to traditional candles. If you do decide to use traditional candles be sure to keep them clear of anything that may potentially be flammable. For lots of additional information on how to stay safe during Christmas and other December holidays click here.