Children's Hospital Urges Parents To Be Aware Of Holiday Fire Hazards

Monday, December 17, 2012

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and representatives from the Kohl’s Safe and Sound Program are urging adults to be aware of fire hazards such as dry Christmas trees, holiday decorations, fireplaces and heaters during this holiday season. 

 

As the outside temperatures begin to drop and families are enjoying the decorations during the holidays, specific hazards become more prevalent than any other time of the year.

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), certain types of fires and injuries associated with holiday decorations are much more common during this season. 

 

“We have already seen several homes in our region damaged due to fires that could have been prevented,” said Safe and Sound Program Coordinator, Coy Ellis.   “We are asking adults to be a little more cautious than usual when it comes to children and fire safety.  While it is fun for all ages to take part in the festivities and celebrations, certain precautions need to be made to ensure everyone has a safe holiday.” 

 

A report released last year by the NFPA states in 2005-2009, United States fire departments responded to an estimated average of 240 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees.  These fires caused an average 13 deaths, 27 injuries and $16.7 million in direct property damage per year.  Electrical failures or malfunctions resulted in 33% of the fires, 20% were due to a heat source too close to the tree and decorative lights or line voltage were involved in 13% of the fires.  The lowest percent, 11%, were started by candles on the trees.  NFPA also found the risk of fire is higher with natural tees than artificial ones, because dry natural trees burn easily. 

 

Not only are trees a particular hazard but so are the holiday lights on the trees and property structures.  Decorative lightning was involved in an estimated 150 home structure fires per year in the same period with near half the percentages in death and injury and half estimated cost of property damage. 


Blood Assurance Says Stay Cool With Fourth Of July Giveaway

Community members who make an appointment to donate at any Blood Assurance donor center, bloodmobile, or blood drive between July 1-8 will receive a Fourth of July cooler. This complimentary gift is a part of Blood Assurance’s goal to save 90,000 lives this summer – a time when blood supply levels are historically low. “We are always in need of blood and platelet donations, ... (click for more)

Siskin Hospital Therapist Earns Certification

Siskin Hospital announces Carroll Allen, PT, has passed the Geriatric Certified Specialist exam.   This certification is awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association.   Ms. Allen is a physical therapist in Siskin Hospital’s Outpatient Orthopedic Program.   The Geriatric Certified Specialist certification is for physical therapists with advanced clinical ... (click for more)

Smith Denies He Told Young To Shoot Holsey In North Chattanooga Drug Deal That Cost A Life; Asks Jury To Spare Him Life Sentence

Briston "B.J." Smith told a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon that he never ordered Adram "A.B." Young to shot Charles "Chas" Holsey in a North Chattanooga drug deal that cost a life. Smith, who was 18 at the time and is now 20, asked the jury not to put him behind bars for life. The state is seeking a life sentence (51 years) on a first-degree felony murder charge. ... (click for more)

Jury Finds Milner Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Attack On Cancer Patient

A Criminal Court jury found 27-year-old Michael William Milner guilty of reckless endangerment in an attack on a cancer patient at an East Ridge motel on July 12, 2016. Milner had been charged with aggravated assault, which would have carried a possible prison sentence of 6-10 years because he was a Range II offender due to his prior record, prosecutor Bates Bryan said. The ... (click for more)

Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments From Procurement Policies - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Commission just grouped a bunch of departments together in an attempt to reign in the CVB. I haven't spoken to any commissioners, but I truly believe it was unknowingly. By mandating that all non profits that receive 25 percent of their revenue follow county procurement policies, they might as well have padlocked all local volunteer fire departments. We expect ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

I am constantly amazed by the many emails that I receive every day. Quite curiously, I get a heavier load than I would ever have thought because the big search engines on the Internet send my Chattanoogan.com stories far and wide. Even the local ones on the Chattanooga area bring comments and I am deeply flattered. I try to read them and lament I haven’t the time to respond the ... (click for more)