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Silver City Public Safety Officers are urging the public to be aware of potential hazards and to take extra precautions to insure a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. In a news release issue by the Town of Silver City, according to the National Fire Protection Association, some 30% of house fires and nearly 40% of home fire deaths occur between December and February. Silver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert, warns that most house fires start in the kitchen, and he urges home owners to make sure they have a fire extinguisher rated for cooking fires on hand, and that they know how to use it. Home heating equipment, especially space heaters, are the second most common cause of house fires, and the primary source of carbon monoxide poisoning. Lambert urges homeowners, landlords and tenants to make sure they have carbon monoxide detectors mounted in each bedroom on the wall, head-high when lying in bed. Common signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are headaches, light headedness and drowsiness.  In addition, furnaces and chimneys should also be cleaned and inspected each season before use.

Theft and burglaries are of greater concern to Silver City police officers during the holidays, and Chief of Police Freddie Portillo urges everyone to be more observant of their surroundings, to watch out for one another, and to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately. FedEx and UPS deliveries increase dramatically over the holiday season, and police urge online shoppers to ask a neighbor to pick up holiday packages if you can’t. A special operations unit of marked and unmarked patrol cars will be targeting areas of town where burglaries and thefts are more common, said Portillo.

For more information, please contact the Silver City Police Department at (575) 538-3731, Ext. 2, and the Fire Department at Ext. 3.  In an emergency, dial 911.