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Beyond the Headlines: Holiday hazards, fires, and how to stay safe

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It's the season of giving, the season of joy, and spending time with family and friends.

But it's also the season to be extra careful when it comes to your home.

Holiday decorations can cause devastating injuries and house fires. This is also the perfect time of year to make sure your smoke detectors are working, and install fresh, new batteries. 

Fires this time of the year aren't also isolated to dry trees. The National Fire Protection Association says Thanksgiving is when the most cooking fires happen, but Christmas is very close behind. The most recent available data between 2011 and 2015 shows there's an annual average of 170,000 house fires that involve cooking equipment, resulting in more than 500 deaths.

There are also silent killers that tend to come out when the temperatures drop. At least 12 people were exposed to carbon monoxide in December at a Virginia home. Seven of those people were residents, and five first responders were also hospitalized.

To better understand the dangers that come with the holiday season, Dan Wolfe sits down with Duluth Fire Marshal Marnie Grondahl, and Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger to highlight the best responses to any kind of holiday-related hazard. 

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