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Winter Weather

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Winter Storm Safety


Winter Safety - Pass it on

Holiday time is here and along with those holidays comes winter. To protect you and your loved ones during the winter season visit our Winter Safety Tips page for tips related to cold weather.

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Cold and Flu Prevention

It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season usually varies from one season to another. People are exposed to cold and flu germs every day, here are a few suggestions to help you stay healthy when everyone around you is sick.

Cold and Flu Season


Happy Holidays

Home fires during the holiday season often involve cooking, Christmas trees, candles and holiday decorations. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty.


Fire Chief's Message

‘Tis the season to be jolly, as the holiday song goes. In many homes, this means the aroma of food cooking, a log on the fire, candles, a trimmed tree, or a menorah glowing brightly. All these signs of the season bring feelings of comfort and joy to families. However, what you may not realize is that they also bring an increased risk of fire in the home.

The winter months are the peak times for home candle and heating fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Candles start two of every five home decoration fires, while 38% of home heating fires started in fireplaces or chimneys.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department’s holiday wish is for all of our residents to have a merry, bright and SAFE holiday season. By recognizing holiday fire hazards and using a little extra caution, you can help keep your home full of comfort and joy.

When decking the halls, choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant and keep them away from candles or any other heat source. Not all holiday lights are made equal so be sure that you know whether yours are for indoor or outdoor use and be sure to replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords are not damaged.

Lighting candles, whether for decorating or religious rituals, should always be done with caution. Candles should be in sturdy holder and placed on an uncluttered surface. Lit candles should not be placed in windows where a blind or curtain could catch fire. Never leave a lit candle unattended. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Additionally, an adult must always monitor candles placed on or near tables, altars, or shrines.

Lastly, roasting anything on an open fire in the fireplace is not a good idea! Make sure that your fireplace has a sturdy screen and keep kids three feet away. Have your chimney cleaned regularly and dispose of ashes in a metal container far away from the home.

We know that the holidays are a hectic time of year for all Lawrence and Douglas County residents. Please help us keep our community safe from fire this season. For more holiday safety tips, please visit our Safety Tips located under the For Homeowners/Renters tab at the top of this page.


Chief Mark Bradford