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The holiday season is here, and the Queen Creek Fire Department would like to share some basic safety tips so that our residents can enjoy the season with friends and family safely.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees each year. Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious.

The Pinal County Environmental Health Department is offering some tips for enjoying your leftovers during this holiday season.  With all the food being prepared as we celebrate, having leftover food is inevitable. Proper handling of leftover foods is one of the best things you can do to keep your family and friends safe from foodborne illness.

Each year numerous injuries and fires occur as a result of unsafe cooking practices.  Frying a turkey can be very dangerous and should be done under very controlled conditions.   

Don’t cook beyond your comfort level!  Turkey frying is dangerous and can result in injury and property loss.  

The majority of reported incidents occurred while the oil was being heated, prior to adding the turkey. For this reason, it is very important consumers monitor the temperature of the oil closely. If any smoke at all is noticed coming from a heating pot of oil, the burner should be turned off immediately because the oil is overheated. 

Americans produce 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than they do at all other times of the year. Much of that waste is the direct result of holiday festivities. Items such as gift wrap, shipping materials and packaging, holiday cards, and disposable dinnerware from holiday parties all end up in landfills. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), in cooperation with its Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the Valleywide Recycling Partnership, has produced a series of short educational videos designed to inform residents how to reduce holiday trash. The videos are being released just in time for “America Recycles Day” Nov. 15 (the Town will be hosting a Nov. 16 event) and in time for the holiday season.

Halloween is one of the most anticipated holiday celebrations of the year for kids and kids at heart across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 41 million ghosts, goblins and tiny princesses will be trick-or-treating and Rural/Metro wants to help ensure all community members to have a safe and healthy Halloween.

Falls are the leading cause of injury on Halloween and fatal pedestrian accidents are four times more likely for 5 to 14 year olds on Halloween than any other night according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ADOT reminds drivers to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” if dust reduces visibility

The Arizona Department of Transportation cautions drivers that strong winds and blowing dust could impact travel today on Arizona’s highways.

The National Weather Service has issued wind and blowing dust advisories for much of the state, which are in effect in some areas beginning at 9 a.m. today.

Attorney General Tom Horne is warning consumers, especially seniors on Medicare, to be cautious of scams related to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.”

When a new government program is announced, scams often follow. And this program is no exception. Fake websites, attempts to steal consumer’s personal information, and the sale of bogus Affordable Care Act cards have been reported across the country. 

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