Pasadena shares holiday safety tips
Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington and Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez shared some holiday safety tips for Pasadena residents at a press conference in Hastings Ranch on Tuesday. Known for its festive decorations, Hastings Ranch made the perfect backdrop for the city’s top safety experts to share their wisdom with residents.
Christmas decorations and dry trees are of particular concern to Washington. Although some advances in technology have led to safer decorations, older props and materials could catch fire when placed next to a heat source or damaged holiday lights.
“Too often these decorations can increase fire risk,” Washington said. He recommended using LED lights instead of conventional holiday lights, as these are shatter-resistant. Consumers can also look for a logo from Underwriters Laboratories, an independent testing firm that certifies electronics for safety.
Washington also recommended keeping trees well-watered, and throwing them out no more than two weeks after Christmas. Burning Christmas trees can produce as much energy as a gallon of gasoline, according to Washington.
Sanchez had some tips of his own to share. He said that thefts increase during the holiday season. Packages should never be left out in the open or in unlocked vehicles, and consumers should protect themselves from online fraud as well.
Citizens Assisting Pasadena Police, a volunteer group affiliated with the police department, will also be conducting patrols around shopping centers in Pasadena. But the best defense against crime was every day vigilance.
“If you see something, say something,” Sanchez stressed.