Christmas Fire Safety

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As many of us celebrate the Christmas season and the upcoming New Year the Zanesville Fire Department is asking us to do so with safety in mind.

This time of year many people are plugging in lots of Christmas lights and overloading extension cords and power strips.

“You defiantly don’t want to do that. They do sell different size different length power strips so you want to make sure you get the right size or length for what you are trying to do,” said Firefighter Pete Ferguson.

And when the weather turns colder, if you’re using an alternative heating source pay attention to what is around it.

“You want to make sure that you’re not placing a space heater within 3 feet of anything. With power strips you want to make sure you’re not overloading them and there’s no damage to them. Sometimes cords can get damaged or pinched and that can lead to a fire concern,” explained Ferguson.

While candles make look pretty when lit the fire department urges you to use caution, keep them out of the reach of children and pets who could easily knock them over, creating a fire hazard.

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Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.