STATE — Democrat James J. Devine is reminding residents to be safe with their personal behavior, property and holiday decorations this season, especially when celebration can be a distraction.
“If your household includes a natural Christmas tree in its festivities, keep the tree well watered because improper care and decoration of a live or artificial tree can lead to catastrophic fires,” said Devine.
“It takes only seconds for a tree to ignite and the entire room to become engulfed in flames,” said Devine. “By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, everyone can ensure a safe and happy holiday.”
Devine also noted that beautiful lights decorating many homes and businesses make it clear to criminals that the holidays have arrived.
“While this special season is a time of fun and celebration, it can also be a distracting, overly busy time of year,” said Devine. “Unfortunately, criminals are often able to use our lack of attention to take advantage so it is wise to keep up your guard.”
Devine said he was stunned to read recent police reports showing that 75 to 85 percent of crimes in this area are unsolved by police, according to statistics released by the state.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, they say, so staying safe means being prepared,” said Devine. “The same rule applies to drinking and driving. Holidays are a season of merriment but we must maintain responsibility to protect lives as we celebrate the best part of living.”
Devine is Democratic strategist whose father died from heart failure on Christmas Day when he was four years old, so he also cautioned people to be sympathetic and aware of those who suffer depression at this time of year.
“The reason for the season is love, so I encourage everyone to show real concern for people.” said Devine. “While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has disproved the myth that people take their own lives more frequently during the holiday season, suicide remains a major public health problem, throughout the year. It is the 10th leading cause of death for all Americans.”
“We are all in this together, even if we deal with things in different ways,” said Devine. “Protecting life, sharing our joy and taking care of those who are less fortunate are among our duties as members of the human family. Donating a pint of blood or demonstrating real love for others is a far better way to celebrate than spending money on junk.”
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