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Rod Brouhard, EMT  P

'Tis the Season...for House Fires

By November 29, 2012

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December is holiday season. There's cooking great food. There are cozy nights by the fireplace. There's a love for beautiful candles and decorations. There are trees.

There are also fires. December is the worst month of the year for candle fires and cooking fires. Add in a bunch of dead, dry Christmas trees and, well, you get my drift.

Are you being fire safe this year? I love the holidays as much as the next guy, but it pays to be safe.

Some tips:

  • Get a fake tree. I know fresh cut trees smell better and are more traditional, but they burn. We switched to an artificial tree several years ago and I don't regret it (besides, it's much easier to put up and take down).
  • Never burn a candle in an empty room or a room with sleeping people in it. Candles are beautiful, but they can be deadly. The candle is burning for your enjoyment, so stay in the room -- awake -- and enjoy it. If we think we might fall asleep, we snuff out our candles. It's just not worth the risk.
  • Don't leave the kitchen with something cooking on the stove. More fires are started in the kitchen than anywhere else in the house -- mostly by unattended cooking.

Stay safe this year so you can enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends.

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