Holiday Safety Tips

Stay warm and safe from Griffin Fire-Rescue

Every winter, we see an increase in fire related calls.  In fact, across the county, heating devices are the leading cause of fires in the home during December, January, and February. To stay warm and safe, keep the following in mind.

  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn including furnishings, bedding, and clothes.  In addition, these devices should be turned off when you leave the room or go to sleep. 
  • If using a fireplace, be sure to clean it regularly.  Most fires in wood stoves, fireplaces, and chimneys occur because of a lack of regular cleaning leading to a buildup of creosote,
  • Lastly, if you haven’t checked your smoke alarm recently, be sure to test it.  Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.  The risk of death in home fires is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

When it comes to staying safe, don’t play with fire.   Keep these tips in mind and have a safe and warm winter.  Click here to learn about Griffin Fire-Rescue.

 

Safe shopping tips from the Griffin Police Department

The Griffin Police Department tends to see a seasonal increases in thefts during the holiday season.  To deter would-be vandals, we’re increasing the number of officers on patrol in local shopping centers this holiday season, but we need you to do your part.  So when you are getting ready to do your holiday shopping, keep the following in mind.

  • Try to plan your day in advance; know where you are going and what you are doing.  Be sure to tell a friend or family member where you are going.
  • While out and about, don’t leave your vehicle running or unattended.  Be sure to lock your car doors and roll up your windows even if you are only going to be gone for a few minutes.
  • Also be sure to keep items of value out of view.  Try keeping packages in the trunk.
  • While shopping, carry your purse under your arm with the strap across your body.  Or, put your wallet in an inside pocket of your jacket or front pants pocket.   Avoid keeping large amounts of cash on you.  If using a debit card or credit card to shop in stores or online, be sure to check billing statements at the end of the month for strange charges.

And most importantly, if you see something, say something; don’t hesitate to give 911 a call if you see any suspicious activity.  Click here to learn about the Griffin Police Department.

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