Heed fire safety precautions for festive season


Tribune illustration by Aaron Piper/ Christmas Safety

Tribune photo illustration by Aaron Piper/ Christmas Safety

In the classic film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Clark Griswold’s myriad missteps — from overloading the electrical outlets with dozens of strings of lights, to inadvertently frying his aunt’s cat due to frayed strands of lights — never fail to get a laugh.

But those mistakes can cause serious trouble in the form of devastating fires when they are made outside of a movie studio.

Bryan Bailey and Jeff Brown, both firefighters with the Columbus Fire Department, said that at least 75 percent of the fires they respond to could be prevented if residents followed basic fire safety precautions, which are all the more important during the holiday season.

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