Home Front – December 18

Holiday festivities are ripe with opportunities for fire, says the Alberta Emergency Management Agency.

Holiday fire safety

Holiday festivities are ripe with opportunities for fire, says the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. The most common types of house fire during Christmas start with candles left unattended, holiday cooking mishaps and heating equipment, says Alberta Fire Commissioner Trent West. He is asking people to be aware of the dangers, ensure that they have taken proper precautions and develop an escape plan. “A house fire can turn deadly in as little as three minutes. When you consider it will take a fire department seven minutes or more to respond, learning how to prevent, detect and escape a fire has never been more critical,” says West. Visit 3minutedrill.alberta.ca for tips on holiday safety.

Charity grant deadline

Eligible charities and non-profit groups have until noon on Friday, Dec. 31, to apply for grant money from the Community Spirit Program. Funded by Alberta lotteries, there is a total of $20 million available to groups that have raised at least $1,000 in donations this year. In 2008, the program paid $19 million to 1,496 applicants. Please visit www.communityspiritprogram.ca or call 780-644-8604. Callers within Alberta can dial 310-0000 for toll-free access.

Big win at casino

It’s going to be a good Christmas for one Red Deer woman. She dropped by Jackpot Casino in downtown Red Deer and won big. Rebecca Neumann was playing a two-cent progressive slot machine on Tuesday when she won $80,002.33.

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