Safety Tip: ‘Twas the Night before Christmas


With the holiday season upon us, Spokane Valley Fire Department is urging citizens to think about safety while celebrating. Christmas treeThis year, holiday safety messages have been given an added festive twist…

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Stockings, cards and presents well away from the fire,
Christmas lights unplugged, before the family retired.

The family was nestled all snug in their beds,
Doors in the house shut, harder for fire to spread.
Safety in this house could be commended,
No lighted candles were left unattended.

A smoke alarm hung in the hall, gleaming white,
Keeping the family safe during the night.
The alarms on each floor, were checked every week,
By pressing the test button and awaiting a ‘beep’.

The kitchen is a place where many fires start,
But in this Valley home, the family were smart.
Cooking was never left on its own,
Young children never entered the kitchen alone.

Plans had been made before Christmas began,
Party guests would be given a fire escape plan.
Enjoy festive fun, but make sure you think,
Fire risks can grow if you’ve had a couple of drinks.

Firefighters work at a station nearby,
Ready and waiting, on that you rely.
But their messages above, you should remember,
To avoid seeing a fire engine at your home this December.

“This is a festive poem, but the messages are very serious,” said Spokane Valley Fire Chief Bryan Collins. “Doing simple things like installing a smoke alarm and testing it regularly could save your life. Citizens should also ensure they have considered how they would leave their home in the event of a fire. If a friend or family member doesn’t have a smoke alarm, buy them one for Christmas – it could be the most important present you ever give.”

For more information about fire safety and prevention, contact the Spokane Valley Fire Department and take advantage of a free home fire safety check. We will check your home for risks and install free smoke alarms, if you need them. Call 892-4153.

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