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Put safety at the top of your ‘to do’ list

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My heart goes out to the couple that lost their home due to a fire this past week (Journal, Dec. 9), having been in the same position two years ago and losing our home in the 49 Fire I can fully understand the loss that this couple is feeling. Going through an experience like this definitely changes your life, it’s what you do with an experience like that afterward that is important. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people to be ever vigilante about vegetation around your home, the dried leaves that are caught in the gutters, the overfilled garage of items that you have been meaning to go through and get rid of or donate but never took the time, the safe storage or disposal of paints and cleaners. I know this is a busy time of year for everyone but it is important to place safety at the top of your “to do” list. Get the family together and make it a “family event” to work on these things together or even a neighbor helping a neighbor to accomplish the task, don’t be afraid to ask for help. May this New Year be a safe one for everyone. Fran Kehoe, Auburn