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  Time to change the clock
  By Robin Widmar

   Ambulance updates
   The Falcon Fire Protection District has hired five paramedics who will also be cross-trained in basic firefighting skills. Their scheduled start date was Oct. 27. See more information in the FFPD board meeting writeup by Pete Gawda.
   
   Fire engine update
   In mid-October, FFPD staff members were at Rosenbauer General conducting the final inspection for the district’s newest fire engine. This is the last purchase in a three-year apparatus replacement plan, which replaces two aging engines; a new engine was added to the fleet when Station 4 opened in May 2017.
   
   Change the clock, change the battery
   Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. That means it is time to change the clocks again, but it is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Once batteries have been replaced, test all alarms to make sure they operate properly. Then set a reminder to test the alarms every month.
   
   While the alarm is off of its bracket, take a look at the manufacture date. Smoke and CO alarm sensors degrade over time, so alarms must be replaced periodically. Replace smoke alarms older than 10 years, and CO alarms older than seven years. (Old alarms can be taken to the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility for disposal.)
   
   Stay connected with the Falcon Fire Protection District
   Website: http://www.falconfirepd.org
   Facebook: Falcon Fire Department
   Twitter: @FalconFireDept
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  Safety Tip
  Holiday cooking safety tips
  By Robin Widmar

   According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and home injuries. Not surprisingly, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home-cooking fires. Hosting a holiday dinner can be stressful, and cooks can easily be distracted by family and friends.
   
   Here are 10 helpful tips to keep Thanksgiving memorable for all the right reasons.
  • Stay alert! Don’t use the stove or stovetop while sleepy or after consuming alcohol.
  • Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • Check food regularly when simmering, baking or roasting. Set a timer as a reminder that food is cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire –- oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains –- away from the stovetop.
  • While cooking, keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires by sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the stovetop and leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • Never throw water on a grease fire. Water will only spread the fire.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Keep pot handles turned inward on the stove to prevent accidents.
  • Create a three-foot “child-free zone” around the stove and barbecue to prevent burns and scalds.
  • Loose clothing or long sleeves can catch fire, so opt for short sleeves or snug-fitting clothing while cooking.
  
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