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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, except for ol’ Saint Nick who is stuck in your chimney, because you forgot to do a little chimney cleaning.  All kidding aside, this is an important safety issue to keep in mind.  The Fire Department responds to multiple chimney fires every year.  Some are contained and never leave the chimney, others escape the chimney and cause further structural damage.  Some fires start on the outside of the chimney by other building materials being in to close proximity to the chimney itself.  But don’t fear, this safety issue can be easily remedied with a little inspection and maintenance.  If you don’t feel comfortable performing this task yourself there are many qualified businesses that can take care of it for you, just don’t wait too long.


Well, the day of giving thanks has come and gone and the leftovers are losing their appeal, but the good news is the Fire Department did not respond to a single kitchen fire this Thanksgiving.  Which tells us one of two things, either everyone went out of town for the holiday or people were a bit more cautious while cooking their feast this year.  Let’s go with the latter of the two.  So the citizens of Twin Falls deserve an “atta boy” for making this Turkey day a safe one.


If you are into bargain shopping and staying up all night fighting off the effects of the tryptophan to get the very best deal on whatever your heart desires, then you probably participated in the Black Friday festivities.  If you count yourself among the many shoppers who braved this scary event, we hope you made it home safe and sound from the madness that is Black Friday.  But if you didn't get everything you needed that day or you skipped it altogether and still need some gift ideas, the Fire Department may be able to help you out.  We have some more, let’s say “practical”, gift ideas for you:

• #1 Smoke detectors: One manufacturer that produces over 70 percent of the detectors sold in the US recommends replacing your detectors every 10 years. So if you know someone who has some older ones there's an idea for them.

• #2 Carbon Monoxide detectors: These devices are important for anyone who has an attached garage and gas or wood burning appliances.

• #3 Fire extinguishers: Almost every fire that destroyed a home started as a small fire that could have been easily stopped with a household extinguisher.

These gifts may not be very traditional but they tell the recipient that you not only care for them but you're concerned for their safety.  Now that's got to give you some kind of brownie points with your loved ones.  If all else fails just tell them you thought it was a white elephant gift exchange.


Well, that’s about it for this month, until next time, don't forget to wave to the boys in the BRT.