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The Buzz Around Town for November 7
The Fennimore Fire Department
Fennimore Firefighters
Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when Fennimore-area families gather, parties are on the calendar and travel increases. The Fennimore Volunteer Fire Department strongly encourages you prepare now to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season. Our wish is that our fire trucks stay parked and our firefighters are not needed throughout the entire holiday season.
    Preparation and prevention are up to you.
    Use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations in many homes during the holidays, means more risk for fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports that one-third of home decoration fires are started by candles and that two of every five decoration fires happen because the decorations are placed too close to a heat source.
    •Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or blown over and out of reach of children.
    •Keep matches and lighters up high and out of reach of children in a locked cabinet.
    •Use flameless, rather than lighted, candles near flammable objects.
    •Don’t burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace.
    •Use a screen on the fireplace at all times when a fire is burning.
    •Never leave candles or fireplaces burning unattended or when you are asleep.
    •Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year.
Turkey Fryers
    Be alert to the dangers if you’re thinking of celebrating the holidays by frying a turkey. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports there have been 154 turkey-fryer related fires, burns or other injuries since 2004, with $5.2 million in property damage losses have resulted from these incidents. Consider using an oil-less turkey fryer if you need some fried turkey.
Decorate Safely
    Decorating is one of the best ways to get in a holiday mood, but emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season.
    When decorating follow these tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
    •Keep potentially poisonous plants—mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis—away from children.
    •If using an artificial tree, check that it is labeled “fire resistant.”
    •If using a live tree, cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption, remember to water it and remove it from your home when it is dry.
    •Place your tree at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources, making certain not to block doorways.
    •Avoid placing breakable ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on lower tree branches where small children can reach them.
    •Only use LED indoor lights indoors and LED outdoor lights outdoors, and choose the right ladder for the task when hanging lights.
    •Replace light sets that have broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
    •Follow the package directions on the number of light sets that can be plugged into one socket.
    •Never nail, tack or stress wiring when hanging lights and keep plugs off the ground away from puddles and snow.
    •Turn off all lights and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.
Traveling for the Holidays?
Be Prepared
    Many people choose to travel by car during the holidays, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile. In 2017, 329 people died on New Year’s Day, 463 on Thanksgiving Day and 299 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts. Alcohol impairment was involved in about a third of the fatalities.
    Stay safe on the roads over the holidays and every day:
    •Prepare your car for winter and keep an emergency preparedness kit with you.
    •Get a good night’s sleep before departing and avoid drowsy driving.
    •Leave early, planning ahead for heavy traffic and poor road conditions.
    •Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance traveled.
    •Put that cell phone away; many distractions occur while driving, but cell phones are the main culprit.
    •Practice defensive driving.
    •Designate a sober driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription and illegal drugs can cause impairment.

    Be intentional about your safety and that of your family and neighbors. Preparation and prevention are up to you. We love our Fennimore community and wish everyone a very safe and joyous holiday season.