City News Briefs

December 12, 2014

Holidays at UP Public Library

Visit the University Park Public Library in the Plaza at Preston Center Saturdays in December for holiday entertainment and treats for all ages.  All programs begin at 2 p.m. and are free-of-charge.  For more information call the library at 214-363-9095.

Dec. 6 - A Visit with Mrs. Claus
Dec. 13 - Dallas Puppet Theater’s Holiday on Strings
Dec. 20 - Tinker the Elf 

Programs sponsored by:

Dave Perry-Miller & Associates and Christine McKenny

Christmas Tree safety
Selecting the tree 
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree 
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut an inch or two from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree 
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Electrical problems cause one-third of home Christmas tree fires. 
  • Each year, fire departments respond to roughly 260 structure fires that begin with Christmas trees.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in five such fires.

*National Fire Protection Association


UPPD House Watch
If you are traveling this holiday season, before you leave, don't forget to sign-up for House Watch.  Have your home checked daily by a UPPD officer.  The sign-up process is simple.