Now that the holiday season is here, Town of Golden Fire Chief Ken McClure would like to remind people to have a safe and enjoyable time.
McClure shared some helpful tips to residents to ensure accidents do not happen during the season ahead.
“One of the things I would like to make sure people are well aware of is that if they are using a live tree, be sure they are well watered,” he said.
“Do not leave your lights on for extended periods of time because that actually helps dry out the tree.”
McClure added that people should also be sure that they have a water solution to feed their trees to make sure they do not dry out.
He advised people to turn off their lights when they are sleeping.
“Use them for the display purposes… but when you go to bed do not leave the lights on.”
McClure added that if people are using candles they must ensure they are used in a safe manner.
“In this time, because it is getting dark a little quicker and if we do have power outages, please use candles in a safe way so that we do not have any tragedies over the Christmas holidays,” he said.
The fire chief also hoped people would be very careful when travelling during the winter season.
“Our crew has been going out quite often and I hope people remember that cars behave a little differently when traction has been compromised,” he said.
“Please drive safely and give yourself more time to get to that destination. Do not be in the situation where you have to rush to get somewhere.”
McClure explained another area that keeps the department busy during the winter months are accidental slip and falls.
“Make sure you take your time and walk carefully because of the ice and snow. Make sure your stairs are well looked after and have slip hazards removed.”
If anyone is considering becoming a volunteer firefighter this a good time of the year to start the process according to McClure.