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Fire damage is high during this time of year

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December 13, 2007

Albany -- Dangers during the holidays are very real. And if you are not paying attention, an accident can cause your Christmas to go up in smoke.

"Anytime that you have more social events there tends to be an increase because there is an increase in cooking, people in an out. Your mind is not concentrated on day to day as they were," said Chief Ron Rowe of the Albany Fire Department.

Having a fire extinguisher on hand can help extinguish small flames before they get bigger.

"I think it's a great idea to have one, but you have to understand the purpose of it and how much fire you can put out before you make that decision. Otherwise you can put yourself in the position where you can get hurt," said Rowe.

"Everybody needs to understand about Christmas trees. How the natural ones will dry out and you have to keep them watered because they can become dangerous. You also need to make sure that you are careful with your holiday candles."

It is also important to make sure that your smoke alarms are functioning.

"Again you have more family members in, more friends in, there is a lot hire potential for accidents and injury during this period of time," said Rowe. "So its not a bad idea to create a safety list and make sure all those things are taken care of."

Check the list twice to make sure you and your family stay safe this holiday season.

If you'd like to be formally trained on how to use a fire extinguisher, contact your local fire department to find out if they offer a training course.

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