Fire Protection

Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.  If you already have detectors, test them, and replace the batteries annually.

Keep a fully charged, Type K, fire extinguisher in your kitchen.  NEVER use water to attempt to put out an oil or grease kitchen fire.

Do not use a gas fireplace with a missing or broken glass panel.


Be aware of “black ice” and other slippery road conditions.  Bridges and exit/access ramps to the highway are especially dangerous during inclement weather.

Pay special attention in mall parking lots.  Pedestrians and other drivers can be easily distracted.  Pay particular attention when you are backing out of a parking space.


Say “NO” to the office punch or holiday eggnog if you plan to drive.  Don’t drink and drive is a great rule to live by.

When hosting a holiday party, ensure that there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available for your guests.  Additionally, serve plenty of food.  Drinking on an empty stomach can cause quicker intoxication.  Keep cab company or ride-sharing phone numbers handy.

If you don’t need to be on the road stay off of them between the hours of midnight and 3:00am.  According to the Department of Transportation, roadway accidents drastically increase over the holidays and at those hours.

The Management and Staff of the GBCA wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season.