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Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree: Safety Recommendations

The Rural Metro Fire Department has a few reminders to keep this fun event safe.

Posted: Dec 2, 2018 10:12 AM

The Rural Metro Fire Department has some safety recommendations for you before you go out to chop down your own Christmas Tree this year. Here is their post from Facebook. 

"In consideration of the snow expected for our area that will cover nearly every mountain road around Grants Pass, Rural Metro Fire, and our friends at Josephine County Search & Rescue, would like to share these basic safety tips before you go:

> Go with someone. Avoid going alone in case you need assistance of ANY kind.

> Take more than 1 vehicle in case of a break-down or getting stuck. Carry shovels and a tow strap at a minimum.

> Take vehicles appropriate for the local mountains. Have traction tires or chains, 4x4, and good ground clearance.

> Drive slow and with caution in snow and ice - and on steep, curvy mountain roads.

> Avoid driving in snow or mud that is deeper than your vehicle capability, or your experience.

> Tell someone where you are going in case you are late to return.

> Pick areas that have good cell service in case you need to call for help.

> Research the area you plan to go by looking at maps or google earth. Your ability to accurately describe your location to 911 is extremely important for getting emergency help quickly.

> Do not wander too far away from the road or your vehicle, and KEEP TRACK OF YOUR KIDS.

> Take food, water, warm clothes, blankets, flashlights, fire starter and a full gas tank in case you are out longer than expected.

Hunting your own tree is a fun and popular activity in Southwest Oregon, however people get into trouble each year in the mountains when they don't respect the local conditions." 

Newswatch 12 also wants to remind people that road conditions in high elevations can vary. Check road conditions before you head out. 

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