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A bit of pre-Christmas advice from RCMP and firefighters

It’s going to be a busy day for a lot of people, as they try to fit in that last minute shopping, and RCMP are reminding those people to take a few precautions to avoid being the victim of a theft.

Sergeant Sheryl Armstrong of Nanaimo RCMP says if you have to leave something valuable in your car, the trunk is best.  But it’s even better to take purchases home right away, because thieves make a habit of watching parking lots

Fire Departments, also have some advice, including dealing properly with fire place ash.  Put it in a metal can away from the house and hose it down

Sechelt Fire Chief Bill Higgs says a fire started this weekend because the homeowner put hot ash in a plastic pail just outside the door.

In Nanaimo, firefighters have tackled at least three blazes sparked by fireplace ash since mid-November.

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Higgs adds that fires caused by that other Christmas standby, candles, have been happening more often over the past 10 years.  Leaving them unattended, no matter where they are, is not recommended.

And, if you’re a last minute shopper or looking for a unique stocking stuffer, Higgs says you can’t go wrong with the gift of a fire extinquisher!



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