Mayor Lee, fire chief Hayes-White urge precautions against fire hazards during winter

Getty ImagesMayor Ed Lee and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White are cautioning against winter fire hazards.

As the cold winter and holiday months get underway, Mayor Ed Lee and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White are encouraging San Francisco residents to take necessary precautions to prevent fires in their homes.

Fire officials say that throughout the winter months and during the holiday season, there is an increased risk of fire in homes due in part to an increase in cooking and use of home candles and holiday decorations. The City typically experiences more fires during this time — many of which can be prevented — and they can negatively impact The City’s rent-controlled housing stock as well as some long-term tenants, officials say.

Some precautionary steps include keeping portable heaters away from anything that can burn, such as furniture or curtains; equipping the fireplace with a metal screen; and blowing out candles when leaving the room or going to bed. Residents who decorate their homes with a fresh Christmas tree are advised to keep the tree stand filled with water at all times and to turn off the lights before leaving their homes or going to sleep.

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