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Christmas Brings Unique Fire Dangers

Written by on December 19, 2018

It’s that time of year when many Americans go to the forest, chop down a tree, take it into their homes and hang beautiful lights and decorations on it.
However, that tradition comes with hazards.
Sam Wilde, Fire Marshal for Park County Fire District 2, says that residents need to pay close attention to the decorations that they hang on their trees and in their homes this time of year.

Another major fire hazard this time of year, Wilde says, is candles. While they provide ambiance in the form of soft light and pleasant scents, candles are one of the most dangerous fire hazards you can have in your home. He says to keep the candles on a sturdy base to prevent it tipping, keep them at least three feet from any combustible material, and to be sure not to leave them unattended.

He adds that residents should be especially cautious when cooking, make sure their chimneys are clean, and be sure that they use space heaters properly.
Wilde notes that 2018 has only seen a couple of major structure fires in and around Cody, but the department did respond to a number of smaller blazes that they were able to control quickly.


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