Blow out those candles
Staff reportsHome fires started by candles have almost tripled in the last decade, peaking at 15,040 such fires in 1999, the latest year for which data is available from the National Fire Protection Association. Those fires caused an estimated 102 civilian deaths, 1,473 civilian injuries, and direct property loss of $278 million.Keep these rules from the Truckee Fire Protection District in mind during the holidays and throughout the year:• Candles should be kept out of children’s reach.• Teach your children that candles, matches and lighters are for adults only.• Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.• Keep candles away from anything that can catch fire. That includes fabric such as clothing or curtains, books, paper, Christmas trees and flammable decorations.• Use a sturdy candleholder that is meant for candle use. Place on a stable, heat-resistant surface.For the National Fire Protection Association’s Fact Sheet on Candle Safety, visithttp://www.nfpa.org/Research/NFPAFactSheets/CandleSafety/CandleSafety.aspFor more tips on safe candle use, visit the National Candle Association athttp://www.candles.org/UseAndSafety/candlesafetytips.htmFor a “Candle Circle of Safety” graphic that helps everyone remember important candle safetymessages, visit the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Web site:http://www.state.ma.us/dfs/lifesafe/candlesafety.htmPolice to hold DUI checkpointStaff reportsThe Truckee Police Department, in conjunction with the Truckee area CHP, will conduct an alcohol sobriety checkpoint in an undisclosed location in Truckee on Saturday, Oct. 30.The checkpoint will be used to educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving, police say. Officers will hand out literature to drivers on driving under the influence.The timing of the checkpoint will be to increase driver awareness that children will be out on Halloween, according to the department.The checkpoint will be staffed by officers trained in the detection of alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. Officers will be equipped with hand-held breath-testing devices.Traffic and volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked, and drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs can expect to be arrested, said Truckee police Lt. Jeff Nichols.Be fire safe when using candlesStaff reports
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