Firefighters offer tips to help residents avoid a tragedy this season.
Fire departments nationwide respond to about 250 home structure fires each year that involve Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association. And Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department crews don't want residents to be among those fires that break out this holiday season. Crews recently distributed tips about Christmas tree safety to holiday tree lot vendors in the form of Christmas safety tags. Live trees don't cause fires, but they can easily catch fire due to candles, electrical problems or other heat sources. Here are the tips provided by the department: To print out a copy of the safety tag, visit the Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog.
Washington Regional Alcohol Program initiative offers rides to anyone over 21 in the greater DC area through New Year's Day.
While grandma may have gotten run over by a reindeer and lived to see another day, you might not be as lucky. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program, or WRAP, in partnership with AT&T, is once again offering SoberRide, an initiative that offers free taxi rides with a cost of up to $30 to anyone over 21 in the greater Washington, DC area. The rides are offered nightly from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. starting Friday through New Year’s Day. AT&T customers can call #WRAP to get a safe, free ride home, while others can dial 800-200-8294 (TAXI). WRAP's SoberRide provides greater DC residents a safe way home on high-risk holidays, including the December/January holiday season, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day and Halloween.