Thursday, December 10, 2009

Demonstration on how quickly a Christmas tree can ignite into inferno




Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Southern California Edison, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, and City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works will discuss several holiday safety tips including Christmas tree selection, electrical safety, and proper disposal and recycling of Christmas trees.  There will also be a demonstration of how quickly an improperly maintained Christmas tree can ignite into an inferno within a simulated residence.


DATE:                       Wednesday, December 16, 2009


TIME:                         10:00 a.m.  


LOCATION:              Los Angeles County Fire Department

                                    1320 N. Eastern Avenue

                                    Los Angeles, CA  90063

                                    TB-635 F3


CONTACTS:                   Los Angeles County Fire Department,

Public Affairs Unit at (323) 881-2411


Media will get a close-up view of live fire within a festively adorned simulated house with a Christmas tree and holiday gifts that will go up in smoke in the name of safety.


Along with this dramatic live fire demonstration, fire officials will offer tips for keeping the season safe, merry, and bright.


Fire Officials statement:  “A holiday tree can take seven years to grow – and less than seven seconds to become an inferno.  As firefighters, we believe this season of joy should also be a season of safety, reminding local residents that smoke alarms and other safety items make thoughtful holiday gifts.”



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