Be safe over the hol­i­day sea­son

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - SUB­MIT­TED

The Gov­ern­ment of Saskatchew­an would like to re­mind all res­i­dents of a few prac­ti­cal tips to en­sure a safe and happy Christ­mas and hol­i­day sea­son.

“Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, it is im­por­tant to take the time to en­sure that your home is fire safe,” Emer­gency Man­age­ment and Fire Safety Com­mis­sioner Duane McKay said. “Ev­ery year some­one’s hol­i­day is met with tragedy be­cause of fires re­lated to unat­tended cook­ing, can­dles or faulty Christ­mas lights.”

When it comes to fire safety, you should en­sure your smoke de­tec­tors are work­ing, that cook­ing is never left unat­tended, elec­tri­cal out­lets are not over­loaded and ex­ten­sion cords are in good shape and are be­ing used as de­signed – not cov­ered by car­pets or other ma­te­ri­als.

It is im­por­tant to take some pre­cau­tions if you choose to have a real tree in your home for the hol­i­days. Be­fore buy­ing a real tree, be sure it is not dried out. You can tell if the nee­dles fall off and the branches break eas­ily. Be sure to cut a cou­ple of cen­time­tres off of the base of the tree and use a stand that has a wa­ter reser­voir. Nat­u­ral trees need lots of wa­ter, so keep the reser­voir full.

It is also im­por­tant to be pre­pared for win­ter driv­ing.

A ba­sic ve­hi­cle kit should con­tain: food that won’t spoil; wa­ter in plas­tic bot­tles; blan­kets; ex­tra clothes; win­ter boots; a can­dle in a deep can and matches; a first aid kit; a seat-belt cut­ter; a shovel; a wind-up flash­light; a whis­tle; maps; sand, salt or non-clump­ing cat lit­ter; an­tifreeze/wind­shield washer fluid; a tow rope; jumper ca­bles; and re­flec­tors, a warn­ing light or road flares.

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