As you bustle about getting ready for the holidays, please be careful. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the winter solstice, the season comes with an increased risk. Home fires peak this time of year and the joy of the holiday season can turn tragic if you don’t take these precautions. Here are some Fire Prevention Tips for the Holidays to keep you and your family safe.
In the Kitchen
The majority of home fires start in the kitchen. Whether you are frying a turkey or baking a pie, keep aware and be present. The majority of these fires were caused by leaving something on the stove, in the oven, and placing flammable material too close to a burner. More cooking fires occur during the holiday season than any other days of the year. Please observe these safe kitchen and cooking recommendations:
- Never leave food on the stove or in the oven unattended
- Always keep dishtowels, mitts and other flammables away from burners
- Remove long sleeves or other loose clothing that could come in contact with burners or flames
- Avoid consuming alcohol when cooking
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand
- Have a lid nearby to smother small grease fires
Holiday Trees and Decorations
Fire departments across the country are warning about the increased danger as we bring in trees and light up our homes. The over the past few years, Christmas trees caused an average of 210 home structure fires, with most occurring during the month of December. The incidence of candles caused fires also escalates during the holidays.
Here are some important tips to prevent holiday fires
- 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
- Never connect more than one extension cord and make sure they are not stretched
California Casualty wants everyone to have a safe and happy holiday.
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Bethlehem, PA, December 6, 2019 – Kyle Albrecht’s holidays just got much better, thanks to the $7,500 Garage Makeover Sweepstakes from California Casualty. Kyle was presented with the grand prize Thursday during a staff meeting at the Nancy Run Fire Station. Kyle was one of 16,000 first responders who entered the contest.
Kyle anticipates using the funds for tool storage and other accessories for his garage. “I am super surprised and beyond excited,” he said. “The timing is perfect; my wife and I bought our forever home last year and we just purchased a storage shed so we could clean out the garage to make it more useful.”
Kyle, whose father was a firefighter, knew he wanted to be in the fire service since his teens. He is a volunteer firefighter/paramedic for the Nancy Run Fire Company and is a full-time 911 dispatcher.
“I really enjoy helping others and love what I do. Our fire department serves Bethlehem Township and surrounding areas with fire suppression, emergency medical care, and fire prevention and education services.”
Kyle is on a personal mission to inform his community about the importance of fire and emergency safety. “I ask anyone who reads this to learn CPR and check their smoke detectors,” he said.
Kyle admits that he works hard and uses family time to relax and recharge after long days at work. “My family and kids are the most important part of my life, I do it all for them,” he said.
California Casualty initiated the $7,500 Garage Makeover contest to say thanks to first responders, who face dangers every day protecting people and property in their communities.
“We are thankful for the tough job first responders do every day for all of us,” said California Casualty Sr. Vice President Mike McCormick. “We wanted to show our appreciation and provide a useful way to say thanks.”
“I don’t do the work I do for recognition, but it is great when a company like California Casualty acknowledges the hard work that we do. It makes me extremely grateful,” Kyle added.
California Casualty has been insuring first responders since 1969, offering auto and home insurance with outstanding benefits.
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Firefighters, Police Officers, and EMTs put their lives on the line every day, while also finding time to serve their communities. Whether they are saving lives by running into burning buildings, comforting the scared when tragedy strikes, or just simply having fun in their community like joining in on a pick-up basketball game around or turning a fire hydrant into a sprinkler for a group of kids in the summer; they deserve to be recognized.
So, we have rounded up a list of companies that offer discounts to first responders as a, “thank you” to these brave men and women for what they do on the job and in their communities every single day.
Each store is linked for you convenience, just click on the stores name, and it will direct you to their discount page!
Steak ‘n Shake: offers 20% off to first responders when in uniform
Firehouse Subs: Firefighters get a free drink with every meal
Shoney’s: offers 15% to first responders
Schlotsky’s: offers 15% off to first responders
ATKINS: offers 15% off bars and shakes to first responders
Golden Corral: offers a 10% off to first responders with ID
Outback Steakhouse: offers 10% off to first responders with ID
El Pollo Loco: offers a 15% discount to first responders with proof of employment
Chipotle: offers discounts to first responders with ID, however the amount is dependent upon the location. Please check with your local Chipotle.
*Disclaimer: be sure to check that these discounts apply at your local restaurant*
NFLShop.com: offers 15% off an online purchase and free shipping for first responders with ID
MLB.com Shop: offers 15% off for first responders with ID
NHL.com Shop: offers 15% off discount for first responders verified through ID.me
OakleySI.com: offers up to 50% off merchandise, when you register for an account with your first responder ID
Yeti: offers first responder discounts when you sign up with the program ID.me with your ID. Over 400 other brands (like Costco, Vera Bradley, AudioBooks.com, Sunglass Hut, Tervis, and Reebok) have discounts for military and first responders on ID.me, and sign up is free!
Under Armour: offers 10% off to first responders with ID
Dickies: offers 10% off your total purchase
Gerber Gear: offers first responders exclusive pricing through their Pro Program
Jockey: offers 10% off to first responders with ID
Lululemon: offers 25% off to first responders with ID
Frank and Oak: offers 10% off to first responders with ID
Columbia: offers exclusive discounts to members of government agencies that work outdoors when you sign up for their Professional Purchase Program
GOVX: membership offered to all first responders, which will go you 65% off hundreds of retail brands, discounted sports/concert tickets, and even discounted deals travel packages, hotels, amusement parks, and rental cars
Electronics & More
Apple: offers government employees discounts on Mac, IOS devices, and 3rd party products
Sprint: offers up to 25% off monthly service plans for first responders
Verizon: offers 15% off eligible plans and 25% off online accessories for first responders
AT&T: offers 25% off unlimited plans and $15 off monthly TV/Internet rates to active first responders
GameStop: offers 10% off at select outlets with first responder badge or ID
Carid: offers discount to all first responders with a first responder ID
Glock: offer special first responder discounts exclusively through its Blue Label Program
Shooter’s Pro Shop: offers a 10% off discount to first responders when they create and a Shooter’s account
Urban Ops Armory: offers exclusive discounts to first responders with proof of current employment submit a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolverine Supplies: offers a 10% discount with a first responder ID
Lockhart Tactical: offer 10% off select brands when you sign up for their Honor Program with a first responder ID
Primary Arms: offers 10% off select brands to first responders with ID, restrictions apply.
FN America: offers discounts to first responders through their LEMD Program
Leatherman: offers discounts to first responders through their Pro Program
Dunamis Rods: offers 20% off fishing rods to first responders, contact customer service for the code at: service@DunamisRods.com
Happy shopping! 🙂
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