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I’ve always been thankful for firefighters. They respond to fires and crashes and provide first aid when someone hurts themselves or becomes seriously sick at home. While they give selflessly to help others, the holidays can be a tough time. Accidents and fires don’t take a break and neither do the men and women in blue who will be manning fires stations or on call at volunteer departments in case they are needed. During this season of joy, let’s not forget to thank those who run towards danger while the rest of us are running away. Here are some ideas:

  • Send a thank you card to your local fire station
  • Thank a fire fighter in person when you see them around the community
  • Bake some goodies and take them to the fire station with a thank you card
  • Buy them a cup of coffee or meal if you see them at a coffee shop or restaurant
  • Donate to funds that help the families of injured firefighters
  • Learn CPR and other first aid
  • Pull your vehicle over when you hear a siren or see a fire truck with its lights on

Another way you can make a firefighter’s day is to be fire safe this holiday season:

  • Make sure real trees are fresh and needles don’t fall off when touched
  • Cut two inches from the base of the trunk and immediately put it in a stand with water
  • Add water every day
  • Keep trees at least three feet from any heat source (fireplaces, space heaters, candles, heat vents)
  • Check artificial trees for a “fire resistant” label
  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory (UL)
  • Always turn off tree lights before going to bed or leaving home
  • Never use candles to decorate a tree
  • If you use real candles around the home, keep them 12 inches away from anything that can burn and always blow them out when you leave a room or go to bed
  • Don’t use frayed or damaged electrical cords

We know accidents happen. That’s why it’s so important that we remember our firefighters this time of year. They’ll be there if we need them.

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Sources for this article:

http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Thank-a-Firefighter-Every-Monday-Matters_1

http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fire-causes/holiday/christmas-tree-and-holiday-lights

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/seasonal/put-a-freeze-on-winter-fires

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