Yes this is a bit of a cliche, but this time of year is all about these two topics….
First, from now through New Year’s Day is the deadliest period of time in America for civilian fire deaths. Family and friends gather in large numbers and when there is a fire, leading causes of which are-cooking, candles and cigarettes, the results are more tragic than usual because there are more people present to be in harms way. Almost all of the chaos happens in private homes because they are not generally protected by fire sprinklers. The same is true of older apartment buildings and condo units.
Second, the ice in the Twin cities Metro area is NOT safe. Just this afternoon several kids were told to get off an area lake they were playing on. Despite the little cold snap we’ve had in the past few days, the ice is still very uncertain and has not frozen to a consistent depth that is safe for anyone to be on. Stay off the ice, tell your friends and family to do the same. Ice is never safe to be on in this area at this time of year, period!
On behalf of the Eden Prairie Fire Department, I’d like to wish one and all, a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday!