Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities

Twinkly lights, candles, holiday trees and plants, ornaments and other decorations are an important part of holiday celebrations. Besides being festive and fun, the decorations families bring out every year can help children feel connected to family traditions.

To help make sure decorations are safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers some tips:

When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. The needles should be hard to pull off, and should not break when you bend them. When you tap the tree on the ground, only a few needles should fall off. Cut a few inches off the bottom of the trunk before putting it in the stand, and be sure to keep the stand filled with water.

Make sure artificial trees are labeled “fire resistant.”

When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.

Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree.

Check all lights before hanging them even if they are new. Make sure all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.

Be cautious about trimmings and light strands that may contain lead. Make sure lights are out of reach of young children who might try to put lights in their mouths. Wash your hands after handling lights.  

Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks. Never pull or tug lights to remove them. Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.

When lighting candles, remove flammable materials from the area, and place the candles where they will not be knocked over. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Do not use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens.

In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to prevent them from swallowing or inhaling them. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them.

Wear gloves to avoid skin irritation while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.” Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.

Remove all wrapping papers, bags, ribbons and bows from tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened. These items can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child, or can cause a fire if near a flame.

Keep potentially poisonous holiday plant decorations, including mistletoe berries, Jerusalem cherry and holly berry, away from children.

Holiday cookie decorating party
Join FLFHC from 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 20 at the community center at 220 Hancock Ave. for hot cocoa, marshmallows, cookie decorating and lots of fun. This is a family-friendly event, but space is limited. Residents should watch e-mail and the FLFHC Facebook page at for details. Children 14 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Meghan Fowler at (913) 682-6300.

Office closures
The FLFHC offices will close at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 for staff development.

The FLFHC offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 for Christmas and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

In case of a maintenance emergency or to submit a work order, call the 24-hour maintenance line at (913) 651-3838.

Decorating contest
FLFHC is looking for the best three holiday displays on Fort Leavenworth.

Chosen homes will win a $25 gift card and will be photographed and given special recognition on the FLFHC Facebook page and in the January FLFHC newsletter. To make a nomination or enter, e-mail the address and a photograph to by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Winners will be chosen the week of Dec. 23.

Housing survey
Department of the Army Resident Communities Initiative surveys were e-mailed to FLFHC residents Nov. 12. The survey lets the Army and FLFHC know residents’ opinions about on-post housing and identifies what is being done well and where improvement is needed.

Only 20 percent of residents have completed the survey. The survey will continue until Dec. 12.

This survey is being administered through a third party, CEL & Associates Inc. Survey results are confidential, so residents are encouraged to express their true opinions and thoughts.

If residents have not received the survey e-mail, they should check their e-mail spam folder for an e-mail from Anyone who did not receive the e-mail with the survey link should contact the FLFHC Community Management Office at (913) 682-6300.

Coloring contest
Children’s coloring contest sheets are available online at and at the FLFHC office at 220 Hancock Ave. All submissions must be received in the FLFHC office by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Contest winners will receive a prize and have their artwork published in the FLFHC newsletter.

Birthday drawing
Have a child with a birthday in December? Come by the Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities office at 220 Hancock Ave. to enter him or her into the monthly birthday drawing. All submissions must be received in the FLFHC office by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

Utilities tip
Clean warm-air registers as needed and make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.

Watch for more announcements on Facebook, followed by a One-Call Now e-mail message with event details, and don’t forget to follow FLFHC on Twitter. Visit the FLFHC website at for downloadable forms and other useful information.

Resources for on-post residents

On-post housing residents should contact these resources about housing concerns:
• The Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities Management Office, 220 Hancock Ave., is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (913) 682-6300.
• The FLFHC Maintenance Office and Self-Help Store, 800 W. Warehouse Road, phone number is (913) 651-3838. Residents can also submit routine maintenance requests via e-mail at
• Garrison Housing Oversight Office, call 684-5684 or e-mail
• The resident’s military chain of command.
• Garrison Commander’s Office, call 684-2993 or the Commander’s Housing Concern Hotline at 684-3858.
In addition to these resources, residents can attend the monthly community mayors’ forum; attend the quarterly installation stakeholder meetings, a forum for the chain of command to share information and pass on community concerns; or participate in the quarterly Facebook town hall meetings.


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