Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut on November 30, 1949 · Page 7
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Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut · Page 7

Naugatuck, Connecticut
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Wednesday, November 30, 1949
Page 7
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KEEP CHRISTMAS MERRY; AVOID ALL FIRE HAZARDS JVAUG/\TPCK NEWS (CONN.), WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 1!W9_PAGE 7 •N This livinn Christmas tree will remain green throughout Christmas w««k and lh«n can be transplanted outdoors. Note use of non- flammabU metal foil end asbestos wrappings at base of th» trt«. By Central Press THE SITTING ROOM in a Connecticut convalescent home had been decorated for the annual Christmas party, and the patients were gathered arounci the glittering tree, talking: and laughing. Some of them were planning to return to their homes shortly after New Year's Day. Suddenly there was a bright flash . . . then fire! Terrified, the patients tried to 'escape flames which leaped quickly from the burning tree to the flimsy paper and cotton decorations. But many never escaped from that burning room. Seventeen died in the fire. ' The cause of the tragedy was easy to discover. The wiring of the Christmas tree lights was defective, and a short circuit had set fire to the tree. The flammable decorations had fed the fast- spreading blaze. .' Every year at Christmas time, similar tragedies take the lives of Christmas merry-makers. Sometimes the fire strikes large groups of people gathered for holiday celebrations. More frequently, fire Invades homes. . The National Board of Fire Underwriters points out, "Few people realize that the ordinary Christmas tree can be one of the most flammable objects known. It Is filled with pitch and resin. Once ignited, it is very difficult to extinguish." ' » • • AN AVERAGE-SIZE Christmas tree takes less than two minutes to burn up. This means the tree can easily start a roaring blaze in your home before the fire department arrives to combat the fire. To cut down on the fire danger, you should choose a small tree and keep it outdoors until a few days before Christmas. Set it up In the coolest part of the house, and if necessary, shut off the radiator closest to the tree. _. Do not use cotton or paper for decorations. "Fireproof decorations are now available, and add much to Christrrvis Knfptv Dangerous Christmas Iree fires can also be got off by tiny sparks'. Therefore, it is important to avoid placing electric trains around the tree, and to check wiring carefully. Wires bearing the U, L. label ol Underwriters' Laboratories have been carefully tested for fire safety. Never use frayed or worn wires. As a further guard against sparks, provide a switch some distance from the tree for turning the electric lights off and on, and avoid plugging or unplugging lights beneath the tree. * * * ' ft AS THE TREK becomes drier, It becomes more hazardous. When the needles start falling, take the tree down and discard it. Inspect it from time to time to see whether any of the needles near the lights have started to turn brown. If they have, move the lights so they do not come in contact with the tree. Here nre some other life-saving suggestions: 1—Nercr use real candles. Use electric candles instead. 2 —Choose "fireproof" • decorations. 3—After opening Christmas presents, remove all the gift wrappings and packing- matcrialH from your living room and dispose of them. '•'— To protect your children, take special precautions with holiday costumes. The safest idea is to discourage the wearing of flammable, flimsy costumes and dresses of net or gauze-like fabrics. If they arc \vorn, they should be suitably flame-proofed; a solution consisting- of nine ounces of borax, four ounces or boric acid, and one gallon of water is known to be effective. The fabrics must be flame-proofed with this solution after cacli washing. 5—Choose safe toys. Chemical sets and toya requiring alcohol, kerosene, gasoline, and carbide lamps may be hazardous for children. Look for the "U. L." label on electric toys. 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