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Bill's Roundup: Tips and Tricks for the Holiday Season

24 December 2008  
Bill gives ideas to help be safe and smart for the holidays.

billmoday2.jpgYavapai Silent Witness is offering a cash reward regarding an armed robbery. According to Prescott Police, on December thirteenth, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses entered the JC Penney’s store at Prescott Gateway Mall. The suspect demanded cash from the Men’s Department cashier and indicated he would shoot the clerk if he didn’t get the cash. The robber left the store with the money through the same set of doors he had entered, and jumped into a waiting car, described as a small dark colored four door. Anyone who has information on this armed robbery or any other crime is asked to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

Arizona Public Service is offering some toy safety tips. Before operating any new toy or electrical device, parents should read the manufacturer’s manual, and make sure the child understands how to properly operate the product. Closely examine the toy to make sure there are no exposed wires. For last minute shoppers, avoid giving gifts to children younger than ten that need to be plugged in. Instead, look for toys that are battery operated. Consumers should look for markings that indicate the product has been tested for safety by an independent, third party safety and certification organization. Make sure the charging of any toys or plugging in of cords is supervised by an adult. Keep items that use electricity away from water and complete and return any product warranty information.

Those who party too much over the holidays should Do the Ride Thing. Patrons should drink responsibly and use a designated driver, but if they find themselves in need of a ride, they can ask their server to call a cab for a free, safe ride home. This service is one ride per person to that person’s home only. According to spokesman Bill Vallely, it is not intended to be a chauffeur service:

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The seventeenth annual Do the Ride Thing, which is co-sponsored by the Mix 106 KPPV, starts at five tonight and runs through six on the morning of New Year’s Day.

The Prescott Fire Department is offering some tips to make the holidays safer. Anyone who uses a space heater should keep a minimum of thirty-six inches of clear space. Anyone who will be cooking in the kitchen should not leave the stove unattended and items that can catch fire such as dish towels and grocery bags should be kept away from the stove top. All electrical decorations should be turned off before leaving the house or going to bed. City Emergency Services Director Darrell Willis explains residents should avoid multiple extension cords, particularly with outdoor lighting:

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Candles, matches and lighters should be kept out of the reach of children and pets and away from things that can burn, such as furniture, curtains and decorations. Candles should not be left burning unattended. Willis indicates fires caused by candles are not too uncommon this time of year:

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Fireplace ashes should be disposed of in a metal container after they are completely cooled. Fireplaces should not be used to dispose of gift wrapping paper.

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