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‘Tis the season for fire safety



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reminds residents to follow seasonal precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday.

Each holiday season, fires claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure 1,650 more and cause over $990 million in damage, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. That’s reason enough to review some basic holiday fire prevention tips, Napolitano said. Here are four ares to consider:

• Holiday lights — "The biggest thing we’ve seen in past (holiday fires) is electrical overload," Napolitano said. Inspect lights each year for ...

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