Sheffield Lake Fire Department wants all residents and their families to stay safe, especially during the holidays. Following are tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:
1) Only use decorations that are flame retardant or not flammable.
2) Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires, broken bulbs or excessive wear.
3) Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
4) Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery operated flameless candles.
5) Keep your live Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits. Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and space heaters.
6) Water your live Christmas tree daily to keep it from drying out.
The holidays officially kicked off in Sheffield Lake December 10. After lighting a tree at Joyce Hanks Community Center’s Gazebo, Santa went inside where dozens of kids took turns telling him about their wish lists and posing for photos.
Some 250 party goers – many decked out in Christmas sweaters and sweatshirts, Santa caps, reindeer antlers, blinking jewelry, ribbons, scarves and pajamas – spent time visiting six craft activities while enjoying hot cocoa with marshmallows, pizza and cookies.
Mayor Dennis Bring, sporting a Christmas hat and sweatshirt, was happy so many families turned out. “This event is about the kids and their families and giving them a fun event. It was great seeing so many parents or grandparents sit with children at craft tables, having fun making ornaments or decorating cookies, laughing and enjoying themselves,” he said.