Practice fire safety during holiday season

| November 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col Miller


Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command


As we approach the holiday season, fire safety becomes an important topic due to the dangers of house fires during this time of year.

Christmas day and eve are the second and third leading days of the year, respectively, for cooking fires.

Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees that result in numerous injuries and deaths, making the holidays a dangerous time of year for house fires.

Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and resulting injuries. Faulty cooking equipment is another preventable cause of home structure fires.

Please follow these tips to ensure safe cooking during the holiday season:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetops.
  • Stay in the home when you are using the oven.
  • Keep children away from the stove.
  • Keep the floor clean, so you don’t trip over toys or other items.
  • Ensure cooking equipment is in good, serviceable condition.


Christmas tree fires cause more than $17 million in damages annually. Electrical problems cause around 30 percent of the fires with nearly 40 percent of the fires occurring in the living room or den area of the home.

Decorating for the holiday season can be a fun family activity, but please follow these safety tips:

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is identified as fire retardant.
  • Choose a live tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Ensure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Use lights that have a label of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Police Roll-up

The following incidents occurred Nov. 1-12.


Aliamanu Military Reservation

1 – Assault consummated by battery

1 – Duty upon striking

2 – Larceny of private property

1 – No driver’s license

1 – Wrongful damage of private property


Fort Shafter

1 – Aggravated assault

1 – Simple assault

1 – Larceny of private property

1 – Traffic accident

1 – Wrongful damage of private property


Hawaii Armed Services Police (HASP)

1 – Abuse of a family or household member

1 – Criminal property damage

9 – Operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant

2 – Robbery


Helemano Military Reservation

1 – Simple assault

1 – Domestic disturbance

1 – Wrongful damage of private property


Schofield Barracks

1 – Abuse of a family or household member

2 – Absent without leave

5 – Assault

1 – Child abuse

3 – Damage to private property

4 – Domestic without assault

1 – Duty upon striking

1 – Failure to obey general order

1 – Juvenile misconduct

4 – Larceny of private property

1 – Larceny of Government Funds

1 – No driver’s license

5 – Traffic accidents

1 – Unattended child

1 – Unlawful entry (dwelling)


Tripler Army Medical Center

1 – Larceny of government property

2 – Traffic accidents


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