Editorial: Take time to be prepared

This is the perfect time to sit down with your family and discuss fire safety, especially since the heating season causes an uptick in home fires as fireplaces, space heaters and aging furnaces are put into use. Don’t be left unprepared.

Another good policy is to visit your local fire department. Especially during this week, many departments host open houses as a way to increase the public’s awareness when it comes to fire safety and give residents a look at the resources their tax dollars provide. These are typically family-friendly affairs with plenty of activities for kids.

Many suburban departments still operate on the backs of volunteer firefighters, so while you’re at your local firehouse give a thought to what you might be able to do to help out your community. There are plenty of ways to lend a hand, but the first is at home, making sure you and your family are prepared for a fire.

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