Dec 01

Safety Message for December 2015

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM by Dustin Hall

According to the NFPA, the fire service responds to over a 1000 structure fires each year due to holiday decorations. Over 200 of these fires start due to Christmas trees. The remaining balance is blamed on other decorations.  Here are some tips to help keep your holidays safe.
  • Pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Cut 2” off the trunk before placing the tree in the stand.
  • Make sure the tree does not block any exit.
  • Keep the tree at least three feet from any heat source.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Use only electric decorations for indoor use and have a independent laboratory label.
  • Replace any damaged decorations.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Turn off any decorations before going to bed.

  • Outside decorations should be designed for outside use.  
  • Do not use decorations which are damaged or have worn electrical cords.
  • Unplug or turn off decorations before going to bed or leaving the home.
  • Keep decorations away from heat sources.
  • If you must use extension cords make sure they are designed for outside use, are laboratory tested, and are plugged into GFI outlets.
  • Be very careful with candles. Candles contribute to 38% of decoration fires each year.

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Jan 24

Safety Message for January 2014

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM by Dustin Hall

It may not seem possible with the snow, bitter winds, and wet ground all around us; but natural cover fires remain a real threat even at this time of year. Natural cover fires consume hundreds if not thousands of acres each year in Lebanon and Laclede County. In addition personal property including homes, outbuildings, vehicles, and farm implements are damaged or lost to such fires.
Many of these fires are started by carelessness. Throwing a cigarette or other burning material from a vehicle and open burning which is left unattended are often the cause of natural cover fires. Equipment failures such as a hotbox on a railcar or sparks from damaged utility systems can ignite a natural cover fire. Arson is also a major contributing factor of natural cover fires.

Natural cover fires can move quickly, consuming any combustible material in their path. There are a number of steps you can take to protect your personal property:
  • Maintain a 30 foot home ignition zone around your home and structures such as the deck.
  • Mow the lawn regularly and prune trees six to ten feet off the ground.
  • Create a “fire-free” area within five feet of your home using non-flammable landscaping and high moisture perennials.
  • Don’t park vehicles, trailers, boats, or other equipment over tall grass or in wooded areas.
  • Consider fire resistant materials for patio furniture, swing sets, and other outdoor items.
  • Do not burn on windy days.
  • Burn only in a burn barrel with a spark arrestor on top. If you must burn in the open, utilize a small fire which you could quickly extinguish if needed.
  • Never leave an open fire or burn barrel unattended. And make sure you have a water source immediately available.
Should a natural cover fire start on or endanger your property dial 911 as soon as possible. Remember these fires can move quickly causing damage to not only your property but your neighbors as well.

Within the City of Lebanon there are regulations pertaining to burning:
  • You cannot burn household trash or other waste. 
  • You may burn grass clippings and other yard debris.
  • Controlled fires must be 25 to 50 feet away from any structure, attended at all times, and a water source such as a garden hose must be readily available.
For more information on how to protect your home and property from the dangers of a natural cover fire please visit or contact your local fire department.
Nov 18

Safety Message for November 2013

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM by Dustin Hall

Cooler weather is up on us and the holidays are just around the corner. If they have not already, soon families will be decorating their homes and cooking holiday dinners over the next several weeks. The City of Lebanon Fire Department wants everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season. To that end we offer the following safety tips:
  1. Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, portable heaters, and candles.
  2. If you have a real Christmas tree make sure it is fresh and has green needles which are not easily broken. Water real trees frequently to help keep them moist.
  3. Do not use any electric decorations such as light strings which are not is good condition. Replace any broken bulbs and do not use any electric decoration which has frayed or damaged wires.
  4. Always unplug holiday and tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  5. Never use candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving a room and before going to bed.
  6. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  7. If you must leave the home while cooking, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  8. Keeps children away from the cooking area by enforcing a three feet ”kids-free-zone” around the stove.
  9. Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden or plastic cookware, towels, and loose clothing – away from the stove top or oven.
  10. If you are baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it often, remain in the home, and use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
Each year the City of Lebanon Fire Department responds to a number of cooking fires, all of which could have been prevented. Unattended cooking causes nearly 90% of all kitchen fires. Please take a few extra minutes to protect you, your home, your family, and your guest.