'Think Safety First' for the Holidays

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 6, 2004
During a news conference yesterday at Sacramento Metro Fire Station 106, State Fire Marshal Ruben Grijalva talked about his early days as a firefighter and the tragedy of fires started by dried out Christmas trees. And I can recall being out at 2 o’clock in the morning watching a house on fire and looking to my side and seeing a family that has just been evacuated from their home with small children who were going to be opening their presents the next day and they didn’t the next day. Grijalva says trees can remain relatively fire resistant by keeping them in water and away from fireplaces. Frank Nava of the U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission was also at the press conference. He says parents need to be careful when they buy toys. It’s very important for parents to read the label, the label will identify the age of that particular toy. Last year, the commission received reports of 11 toy-related deaths involving children under 5. Nearly half were caused by small toy balls that children choked on. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.