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Holiday safety advice from the Phoenix Fire Department


[SHOW THEME MUSIC]>>HELLO, I’M CHUCK EMMERT WITH
THE CITY OF PHOENIX COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE, AND
KNOW99 TELEVISION. IF YOU’RE WATCHING THIS, WE’RE
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON RIGHT NOW. WE ALL WANT TO HAVE FUN, BUT WE
WANT TO BE SAFE AS WELL. TODAY, I’M AT THE CITY OF
PHOENIX FIRE HEADQUARTERS ON 12th STREET JUST SOUTH OF
JEFFERSON. I HAVE WITH ME BRIAN SCHOLL
TODAY. WELCOME, BRIAN.>>THANK YOU, HOW ARE YOU?>>I’M WELL, THANKS. SO BRIAN, WE KNOW THAT WE WANT
TO BE SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, AND PHOENIX FIRE HAS
SEEN SITUATIONS HAPPEN YEAR AFTER YEAR. LET’S RUN THROUGH SOME OF THE
SAFETY FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT THE HOLIDAY SEASON.>>FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE JUST
ACTUALLY HAD A FIRE INVOLVING A SPACE HEATER. LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT FIRST,
BECAUSE IT IS KIND OF CHILLY AT NIGHT. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT IF YOU
HAVE A SPACE HEATER BY THE BED OR IN THE BEDROOM, MAKE SURE
THERE’S AT LEAST THREE-FOOT CLEARANCE AROUND THAT SPACE
HEATER. NO BLANKETS, NO TOYS, NOTHING
AROUND THAT SPACE HEATER. MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE KIND THAT
IF THEY TIP OVER, THEY ACTUALLY SHUT OFF. THAT’S THE SAFE KIND. THE FIRE THAT WE HAD THE OTHER
DAY, THE LITTLE GIRL’S DOLL KNOCKED OVER THE SPACE HEATER,
AND THAT’S WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE. LUCKILY, THERE WERE FIRE
SPRINKLERS IN THE APARTMENT, AND IT PUT OUT THE FIRE. THE SCARY PART IS THE LITTLE
GIRL DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO, SO SHE RAN IN THE CLOSET. WE ALSO, IN ADDITION TO TALKING
ABOUT SAFETY LIKE THAT, WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT EVACUATION. PRACTICE, HAVE A PLAN, PRACTICE
WITH THE FAMILY. MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND, IF
SOMETHING GOES WRONG, YOU RUN OUT OF THE BEDROOM, AND GO TO
WHEREVER YOU TALK ABOUT, “THIS IS OUR TREE, THIS IS THE CAR,”
WHEREVER YOU WANT TO BE. MAKE SURE THEY KNOW WHERE TO GO.>>THIS IS SOMETHING THAT
FAMILIES SHOULD REALLY REHEARSE, AND NOT JUST TALK ABOUT. BUT THEY ACTUALLY NEED TO
REHEARSE IT.>>THEY ACTUALLY NEED TO
REHEARSE IT. AT MY HOUSE, WHEN WE DO IT, THE
NEIGHBORS LOOK AT US, WHY WE’RE ALL RUNNING OUTSIDE, BUT WE’RE
PRACTICING. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE
UNDERSTANDS, “HEY, WE’RE GOING TO GO OVER HERE. WE’RE GOING TO GO BY THIS BIG
TREE.” DON’T GO ACROSS THE STREET,
BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE FIRE TRUCKS ARE GOING TO BE. MAKE SURE YOU PICK DOWN THE
STREET A LITTLE BIT, OR THE NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE, SOMETHING
WHERE YOU CAN GET AWAY FROM THE HOUSE, BUT STILL BE CLOSE
ENOUGH, SO WHEN WE GET THERE, YOU CAN TELL US THAT EVERYONE IS
OUT OF THE HOUSE.>>GREAT IDEA, BRIAN. THERE’S ALSO SOME OTHER THINGS
TO LOOK OUT FOR AS WELL.>>GOING MORE INTO THE HOLIDAY,
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT KITCHEN SAFETY. EVERYONE SHOULD BE COOKING NEXT
WEEK. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU KEEP
THE KIDS OUT OF THE KITCHEN. NO KIDS RUNNING AROUND THE
KITCHEN, BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE A POT THAT HAS A HANDLE, AND THE
KID WALKS BY IT, THAT’S WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. HE’S GOING TO RUN RIGHT INTO THE
POT, AND POTENTIALLY BURN HIMSELF WITH WHATEVER IT IS,
BOILING WATER, SAUCE, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE. IN ADDITION TO KEEPING THE KIDS
OUT, MAKE SURE YOU TURN HANDLES TO THE BACK. SO IN CASE A KID DOES RUN BY,
HE’S NOT GOING TO RUN INTO THAT HANDLE.>>THESE ARE THINGS THAT THEY
SEEM OBVIOUS, BUT WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND, HOLIDAY SEASON,
YOU MAY HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE OVER AT THE HOUSE. THINGS CAN JUST HAPPEN
UNEXPECTEDLY THAT WAY. THINGS CAN HAPPEN OUTSIDE
THE HOUSE AS WELL, BY OUR POOLS.>>EVERYONE THINKS ABOUT
WINTERTIME, YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT YOUR POOL. YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER, THE POOL
IS STILL OUT THERE, AND IT’S STILL VERY INVITING FOR LITTLE
KIDS. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU
KEEP ALL YOUR GATES LOCKED AND CLOSED, AND ALWAYS HAVE SOME
PERSON THAT’S KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR WHERE ALL THE KIDS ARE. IF THEY’RE PLAYING OUTSIDE, MAKE
SURE THERE’S AN ADULT THAT’S OUT THERE WATCHING THE KIDS TO
MAKE SURE. WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF DROWNINGS
DURING THE WINTER SEASON.>>SOMEONE CAN JUST SLIP INTO A
POOL LIKE THAT, NOBODY NOTICES. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO MAYBE HAVE A
DESIGNATED LIFEGUARD THERE AT THE PARTY OR EVENT TO WATCH OUT
FOR THAT KIND OF THING.>>YOU ALWAYS WANT ONE OR TWO
ADULTS THAT ARE JUST THERE, CALL THEM THE SAFETY PERSON, WHATEVER
YOU LIKE TO CALL THEM, THAT ARE JUST WATCHING THE KIDS AND
MAKING SURE EVERYONE IS DOING WHAT THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE
DOING. ARE THEY RUNNING THROUGH THE
KITCHEN? STOP RUNNING THROUGH THE
KITCHEN. ARE THEY PLAYING OUTSIDE BY THE
POOL? GO OUTSIDE AND STAY BY THAT POOL
TO MAKE SURE NOBODY GOES NEAR THAT POOL.>>GREAT MESSAGES, BRIAN. ALSO WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON, WE
HAVE A LOT OF ORNAMENTS UP, AND THOSE CAN BE A FIRE HAZARD.>>EVEN ON AN ARTIFICAL TREE,
THE ORNAMENTS THEMSELVES CAN CATCH FIRE IF THEY’RE RIGHT UP
AGAINST A BULB. NOT ONLY DO WE RECOMMEND WHEN
YOU’RE PUTTING UP YOUR ORNAMENTS, MAKE SURE YOU KEEP
THEM AWAY FROM THE BULBS. IF YOU USE THE L.E.D. LIGHTS,
THEY’RE COOLER TEMPERATURE-WISE, AND THEY’RE LESS OF A FIRE
HAZARD. MAKE SURE YOU GET THE L.E.D. LIGHTS. ANY KIND OF COMBUSTIBLE
ORNAMENTS, MAKE SURE THEY’RE AWAY FROM THE LIGHTS THEMSELVES.>>WE’RE A LITTLE BIT EARLY FOR
THIS RIGHT NOW, BUT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND AFTERWARDS,
ESPECIALLY, IT’S A TIME TO RECYCLE YOUR TREE.>>YES, IT’S TIME TO RECYCLE
YOUR TREE. MAKE SURE BEFORE AND RIGHT AT
CHRISTMAS, MAKE SURE YOU’RE WATERING YOUR TREE EVERY DAY. I HEARD A GOOD POINT THAT
SOMEONE SAID THEY PUT A PING-PONG BALL IN THE ACTUAL
BOWL. WHEN THEY CAN’T SEE THE
PING-PONG BALL ANYMORE, THEY KNOW THEY NEED TO ADD MORE
WATER.>>THAT’S AN EASY WAY TO DO IT.>>EASY, I THOUGHT IT WAS A
GREAT IDEA. THEN ONCE THE DAY AFTER
CHRISTMAS, THAT’S THE DAY TO UNPLUG ALL THE LIGHTS, AND START
TAKING EVERYTHING DOWN OFF THE CHRISTMAS TREE, AND
PUTTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE OUTSIDE. THAT’S WHEN IT’S GOING TO START
GETTING REALLY DRY AND REALLY BECOME A FIRE HAZARD.>>GREAT ADVICE THERE, AND ONE
POPULAR ORNAMENT THAT’S COME AROUND IN THE LAST FEW YEARS IS
THE ELF ON A SHELF. I KNOW YOU HAVE ONE DOWN HERE. TELL ME ABOUT THAT.>>WE HAVE AN ELF ON A SHELF,
AND I HAVE AN ELF IN MY HOUSE. SOMETIMES THE ELVES DON’T
REALIZE THAT IF THEY ACTUALLY GO NEAR SOMETHING HOT, LIKE A LIGHT
BULB, IT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS, NOT ONLY TO THE ELF THEMSELVES,
BUT ALSO TO THE HOMEOWNERS AND THE OCCUPANTS. SO SANTA GAVE US SOME SPECIAL
GLOVES THAT I CAN TOUCH THE ELF WITH TO MAKE SURE THAT HE
DOESN’T LOSE HIS MAGIC. I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU WHAT
HAPPENED TO OUR LITTLE ELF HERE, AND THIS ELF GOT A LITTLE BIT
TOO CLOSE TO SOME OF THE LIGHT BULBS AND GOT BURNED.>>RIGHT IN THERE LIKE THAT. THAT’S JUST FROM A LIGHT BULB
THAT MAYBE THE ELF WAS SITTING ON?>>IT WAS ON THE CHANDELIER. THEY HAD A GOOD VIEW OF THE
WHOLE HOUSE, BUT THEY WERE JUST RIGHT UP AGAINST THE LIGHT. ONCE SOMEONE TURNED THE LIGHT
ON, THEN THIS POOR LITTLE ELF GOT BURNED.>>SO WE ALL CAN’T JUST ASSUME
THAT OUR ORNAMENTS AND MODERN ORNAMENTS LIKE THIS ARE
NECESSARILY FIRE-PROOF OR FIRE-RETARDANT THAT WAY. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO BE SAFE.>>IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO BE SAFE. KEEP EVERYTHING AWAY FROM
ANYTHING THAT’S HOT OR OPEN FLAME OR ANY KIND OF SOURCE OF
IGNITION. KEEP EVERYTHING AWAY.>>BRIAN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR
BEING WITH US TODAY. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU
WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT I HAVEN’T ASKED YOU?>>WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE
EVERYONE HAS A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY, AND GET RID OF THOSE
CHRISTMAS TREES THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.>>GOOD ADVICE THERE. THAT’S IT FOR HOLIDAY SAFETY
RIGHT NOW. I’M CHUCK EMMERT WITH THE CITY
OF PHOENIX COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE. HAVE A BLESSED AND
HAPPY HOLIDAY. CLOSED CAPTION PRODUCTIONS
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