Fairlawn fire Lt. Rick Szeles offers some safety tips for decorating your home.
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
- Megan Rozsa
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Everything is beautiful this time of year because, frankly, you make it that way. But your favorite Fairlawn-Bath Patch editor and the Fairlawn Fire Department want to make sure your decorations aren't going to burn your house down. We checked in with fire Lt. Rick Szeles for some decorating safety tips this holiday season. Here's what he had to say: • "Believe it or not, one of the biggest fire hazards is lit candles," Szeles said. "For some reason folks light a lot of candles during the season and typically that's how bad things happen." Don't leave a candle unattended or place it near something combustible such as curtains or draperies, he said. • "People like to overload electrical circuits during the holidays," Szeles said. "They …
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