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Safety Tip of the Month, December 2016
Tis the season to follow a few simple suggestions that will make your holidays festive and safe.
Christmas Tree Safety:
- Make sure your real tree does not dry out. Obviously, a dry tree is more likely to catch fire than a well watered one.
- Water your tree daily! As a rule of thumb, a tree needs one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
- Trees should be more than 3 feet from candles, fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, heat vents and other heat sources.
- Artificial trees are not immune to fire risks. Fake trees are likely to catch fire when electrical sockets are overloaded.
Lights and Electrical Safety:
- Only purchase UL-listed lights and extension cords.
- If you are decorating outdoors, use products that are rated for outdoor use.
- Before placing your lights (inside or outside) inspect them for any damage that may have occurred in storage.
- Unplug lights before you change bulbs.
- If you need to get on a ladder to hang lights, try to use a wooden or fiberglass-reinforced plastic one instead of a metal one.
- Do not connect too many strings of lights together. The general rule is three, but check with the packaging.
- Do not overload extension cords or sockets, and do not make a daisy chain (connecting an extension cord to another extension cord.)
- Check your lights every now and then and make sure the wires are not warm to the touch.
- Always turn off your lights before going to bed or leaving the house. This is a big one that many of us are guilty of ignoring. We get it! After spending all that time decorating,it’s natural to want to show off your display. But safety experts agree that leaving lights on when you’re asleep or away could create an accident waiting to happen.
- Please be sure all smoke detectors and CO alarms are in good working order.
The Del Rey Residents Association wishes all members and friends a very happy holiday season. We hope to see you in 2017.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016
11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Every year since 2010, this mini arts district has held a neighborhood-wide open house, allowing the public to see where some of Del Rey’s talented artists live and create. Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, music and more can be found along the walk.
For the Artwalk map and other information, visit www.delreyartwalk.com .
Councilmember Mike Bonin and LAHSA Associate Director Daniel Holt
(photograph courtesy of Ghassan Malek)
The Del Rey Residents Association thanks Councilmember Mike Bonin and Donald Holt, Associate Director of Homeless Services with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), for speaking at our Fall General Meeting on Housing Affordability and Homelessness in Del Rey.
Councilmember Bonin began his remarks by thanking Del Rey for “saying yes” to projects that provide housing for formerly homeless individuals, and voting in favor of Measure HHH, the recently approved $1.2 billion bond measure to build 10,000 units of housing for the homeless.
Both Councilmember Bonin and Mr. Holt reminded attendees that law enforcement measures alone cannot solve the problems of homeless encampments and RV dwellers because homelessness is not a crime.
However, dumping waste, drinking in public, littering, excessive noise or violation of parking laws are enforceable. Residents are encouraged to download the MyLA 311 app, which makes it easy report these violations.
Mr. Holt informed attendees of LAHSA’s 72 outreach teams for Los Angeles County. Teams of two outreach workers visit the homeless, work to build trust and offer services. LAHSA also has HOPE teams comprised of 10 LAPD officers and four members of LAHSA’s Emergency Response Team.
Jenny Arevalo is LAHSA’s representative for this area. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
DRRA thanks the Westside Neighborhood School for providing us with the meeting locale. We also thank the LAPD Pacific Division’s Explorer Cadets for providing the color guard and performing the flag ceremony.
Finally, thank you to all concerned citizens who attended the event and voiced opinions and concerns on this pressing issue.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fires happen each Thanksgiving Day, usually in the kitchen. Here are a few tips to help keep your holiday safe:
- Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
- Use a timer and occasionally check what you’re cooking.
- Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode when overheated.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it, but remember that…
- Grease fires need to be treated differently than non-grease fires. Do not use water; turn off the heat; do not move the pan as you could splatter yourself; cover the pan with a metal lid to smother the fire; if the fire is small, baking soda if effective; if you have a CLASS B dry chemical extinguisher (which is different than your standard extinguishers), it should be used only as a last resort since it will contaminate your kitchen.
- If you’re deep frying your bird, keep the fryer outside, away from walls and free from moisture.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are connected and in working order.
- After the party, walk around the home and check that candles and fireplaces are extinguished, unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects) are in reach of your kids or pets.
The Del Rey Residents Association wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving.