From Smyrna Fire Rescue

Happy Holidays from all of us at Smyrna Fire Rescue. We hope that you have a safe holiday season. 

The following are some fire and safety tips that will help you to ensure that your holiday season is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Christmas Trees
• If you are using a live tree, it should be as freshly cut as possible when brought into the home.
• Before putting the tree up, make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk to allow for better water absorption.
• Be sure that the stand you are using is sturdy enough to prevent the tree from falling over.
• Keep the tree watered to help prevent the needles from shedding.
• Place trees away from heat sources.
• Do not block the exits from your home with the tree or gifts.
• Remove the tree as soon as possible after the holidays. Most fires that involve dried out Christmas trees occur around New Year’s Day.
Holiday Lights
• Buy lights that are approved by a national testing lab such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
• Use the lights where they are designed to be used. Do not use outdoor lights indoors.
• Outdoor lights should be fastened with hangars, not staples or nails.
• Outdoor lights should be placed on a ground fault interrupter circuit when possible.
• When replacing bulbs, use only the wattage specified by the manufacturer.
• Unplug all lights prior to going to bed.
• Use as few extension cords as possible.
• When using extension cords, do not run them under rugs or over sharp objects that may damage the insulation.
• Replace any light sets or extension cords that are worn or cracked.
• Do not connect too many light sets together. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Connecting too many light sets together can cause overheating.
Holiday Flames
• Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
• Try to avoid using open flames if possible.
• Decorative candles should be placed in sturdy holders and on surfaces where they will not tip over.
• Place candles above where children or pets may knock them over.
• Keep open flames away from combustible materials such as draperies, Christmas Trees, or stockings.
• Do not leave open flames unattended.
• Extinguish all open flames prior to leaving the house or going to bed.
Fireplace Safety
• Have the fireplace inspected and cleaned by a reputable chimney sweep each year prior to use.
• Burn only well seasoned, dry wood in your fireplace.
• Do not use your fireplace to burn wrapping paper or trash.
• Extinguish all fires before leaving or going to bed.
• Young children are often fascinated with fire. Keep them away from the fireplace.
Smoke Detectors
• Check all smoke detectors in your home to ensure that they are operational.
• Do not be tempted to borrow smoke detector batteries for toys or other appliances.
• Batteries should be changed twice a year when you change your clock settings for Daylight Savings Time.
• There should be at least one smoke detector on every level of your home.
• Consider a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector as a gift this year. They are inexpensive and make excellent stocking stuffers.
• Contact your local fire station for information regarding smoke detectors.
Holiday Cooking
• Keep your stove and oven clean.
• Wear clothing with fitted sleeves while cooking.
• Keep long hair pulled up while cooking.
• Always watch food while cooking.
• Use potholders when handling hot cookware.
• Keep pot handles turned away from the edge of the counter to prevent a child from pulling the pot off the stove.
General Safety
• Be sure to develop and practice escape routes from your home with children. Information on escape planning is available at your local fire station.
• Always secure your child in a proper restraining device when traveling in a car. Do not be tempted to make a short trip without proper restraint. Most car accidents occur within 5 miles of your home.
• Consider taking a CPR or first aid class. Information on these classes is available through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
Turkey Frying Tips
• Hot Oil Cooker Set Up
• Place fryer on a flat stable surface in an open, low-traffic area away from all walls, fences or other structures.
• Never use fryer in, on or under a garage, breezeway, carport or any structure, such as a wooden deck, that can catch fire.
• Keep children and pets away from fryer during and after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
• Keep the fryer in full view while the burner is on
• Make sure there is at least two feet of space between the liquid propane tank and fryer burner.
• Place the liquid propane gas tank and fryer so that any winds blows the heat of the fryer away from the gas tank.
◦ Cooking Process
◦ Follow the manufacturer’s cooking instructions, including the amount of oil needed to fry the turkey.
◦ Check the oil temperature frequently. Never allow oil to exceed 375 degrees F.
◦ If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn off the gas supply because the oil is overheated.
◦ Completely thaw and dry the turkey before adding it to the hot oil. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends 24 hours thawing time for every 4 to 5 pounds of turkey. Partially frozen or wet turkeys can produce excessive hot oil splatter when the poultry is added to hot oil.
◦ Follow the manufacturers instructions to determine the proper amount of oil to add.
◦ Cover bare skin when adding or removing food. Always use cooking mitts.
◦ Use only cookware and accessories designed for frying turkeys; never use glassware, ceramic or plastic cookware.
◦ Raise and lower food slowly to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
◦ If a fire occurs, immediately call 911. Do not attempt to extinguish the fire with water. An operable, dry-chemical fire extinguisher may, in some circumstances, contain the fire.
▪ After Cooking
▪ Never move the cooker or pot while in use or while hot.
▪ Allow the oil to cool completely before removing it from the pot.

Please remember that the sanitation schedule adjusts this week
Date: 11/22/2010 – 11/26/2010

•Monday and Tuesday routes unchanged.

•Thursday and Friday routes will be picked up on Wednesday (Nov 24, 2010).

• No yard waste, trash or large item pick up this week.

The sanitation schedule changes during weeks in which a holiday occurs. For the week of Thanksgiving, the schedule has been altered from practice in the past. This year, Thursday and Friday routes will be collected on Wednesday – along with the regular Wednesday route remaining in place. Monday and Tuesday routes are unchanged, but Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will all be collected on Wednesday (November 24).

New Trash/Recycle Day

Have you seen these signs around our community?

Make note of them.

Our Trash/Recycle Pick-Up has moved from Fridays to Tuesdays.

Are you a pack rat?  Isn’t it time to clean out that closet or garage and get rid of things you or nobody else wants?

Do you have items that are broken no longer useful?  What do you do with this stuff, because the Streets and Sanitation crew won’t take it?

Advanced Disposal

Advanced Disposal
Cobb County Transfer Station
1897 County Services Parkway
Marietta, GA 30008
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays 7:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: Up to 400 lbs is a flat fee of $7.00, with a $.03 charge for each pound over.
Tires: $5.00 to dispose
Propane Tanks; $5.00 to dispose
Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, and local checks with Georgia ID
Advanced Disposal is also able to process any construction, demolition or household waste.
They also recycle oil and antifreeze free of charge for Cobb County citizens.
They accept paint, but it cannot be in the liquid form.
(Call them directly for more info)


You don’t have to throw away glass in your trash containers.

Be Eco-Friendly and take your glass to the Smyrna Recycling Center.

It’s located about a mile from the Laurel Hill Community off of South Cobb Dr.

More info: http://www.smyrnavinings.com/smyrna-recycling-center/

Laurel Hill Guest Parking

This is a reminder that all guest parking is exactly what it means: GUEST PARKING.  Homeowners and Residents of Laurel Hill are to park their vehicles in their respective garages and driveways.  Any vehicles that are parked in GUEST PARKING that are not guest, will be tagged with a parking violation and subject to towing at the vehicle owner’s expense.

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