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Fire House Facts - Water your holiday tree!

From Sunday November 17, 2019 through Saturday November 23, 2019 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 316 emergency calls for service:


  • 20   General Fire Response
    Including:  1 for a gas grill fire, 1 for a stove top fire, 1 for a gas line damaged by a construction crew, 1 for a gas leak in a house, 1 for a smoking outlet in a store, 1 for a mattress fire in an alley, 1 for illegal burning in a backyard, and various alarms
  • 2    Mutual Aid
    Including: 2 calls to assist Rural metro with medical emergencies in the County
  • 26   Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  2 involving pedestrians, 2 involving rollovers, 2 involving a wall, 3 involving motorcycles, 1 involving a tree, 1 involving railroad tracks, 1 a head on crash, and 1 involving a bicycle
  • 241  Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 16 for difficulty breathing, 22 for chest pain, 32 for falls, 16 for unconscious people, 6 seizure cases, 1 possible stroke case, 2 for intoxicated persons, 4 for people under the influence of drugs, 2 drug overdose cases, 20 for people with psychiatric problems, 6 for medical alarms, 3 for an allergic reactions, 1 for choking, 13 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 2 for fever, 2 for broken bones, 9 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a dog bite, 5 for man down calls, 2 for bad headaches, 7 for assaults, 6 for back pain, 11 for abdominal pain, 11 pregnancy related, 1 for deceased persons, 3 for lacerations, 1 for a person with their hand caught in industrial equipment, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 27   Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including: 1 for power lines down, 1 for sparking power lines, 1 for a fuel leak, 1 for a vehicle fire, I for an apartment fire, 1 for a pole fire, 1 for a transformer fire, 3 for public appearance requests, and various alarms.

With Thanksgiving here, and Christmas only a few weeks away, don’t forget to keep safety in your holiday preparations. If you have or are purchasing an artificial Christmas tree, make sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as flame retardant.

If you choose a “live” tree, pick one that is fresh. Needles should be green, flexible, and not come off when you run your hands over the branches. When you get it home, cut 1or 2 inches from the bottom (like you do for cut flowers) and keep the water container at the base of the tree filled (check it daily!). This water is sucked up into the tree and helps to keep it fresh longer.

Place your tree so it is at least 3 feet away from any heat source and farther from fireplaces or open flames. Heating vents or space heaters blowing on the tree can dry it out faster too. Use only lights that are intended for indoor use, and never place candles on a tree. 20% of Christmas tree fires occur because a heating source is too close to a tree.

After Christmas, properly dispose of your tree. Old dry trees laying in alleys, or in yards, are a fire hazard. Make use of the City’s annual Christmas tree drop-off recycling program so that your old tree will not only be safely disposed of, it will also be put to good use.

For more information about fire and injury prevention classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept