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Tips for Keeping Households Both Safe and Warm this Season

December 11, 2006

Denver, CO - Taking some extra precautions around the house this season could prevent a holiday tragedy. Shelly Wallace with Energy Outreach Colorado says this time of year, while people are taking extra measures to heat their homes, they should be taking extra precautions, too.

"Make sure that you have a sturdy fireplace screen and don't burn trash in the fireplace, especially gift wrap material, we really discourage that."

Go ahead and make your home festive for the holidays, but be sure to do it safely. Wallace says it's smart to be especially careful this season when using lights and candles around the house.

"Make sure that your candles are held in sturdy holders and that they're kept away from anything flammable, like curtains or your Christmas tree; and that children aren't left alone in the room when candles are burning."

Wallace also discourages the use of electric space heaters. She adds that anyone needing help paying their home heating bills in Colorado this winter can find out about energy assistance options by calling 1-866-HEAT-HELP.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO