The local fire department wants you and your family to avoid tragedy as you prepare to pack up your holiday gear.
The holidays can bring some of the most joyous times of the year, but Division Chief Keith Swindle of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said that the weeks that follow are some of the most dangerous when it comes to house fires. “A heightened awareness of fire and home safety is imperative,” Swindle said in a recent press release. “The introduction of new items (decorations) during the holidays, (many of which are combustible) into the homes increases the risk of fire and personal hazards.” To help local residents avoid tragedy following the holidays, the fire department released an extensive list of safety tips to ensure families appropriately address potential fire hazards. Below is a summary of that list.