How to prevent fires during the holiday season

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 30 percent of all U.S. residential fires and 38 percent of deaths in home fires occur in December, January and February. Consider:

  • There are an average of 1,550 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, making it the number one day of the year for such blazes.

  • The top three days for residential fires started by candles are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

  • Christmas tree fires cause an average of six deaths a year, 22 injuries and an estimated $18.3 million in damage. Fires ignited by electronic decorations cause six deaths, 47 injuries and an estimated $12.9 million in damage each year, the NFPA says.

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is coming up fast and youngsters will soon be out trick or treating. As they get ready to collect their Halloween treats, the White Plains Department of Public Safety and the American Red Cross have tips to make this a fun and safe Halloween.

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Holiday Package Thefts

Online shopping offers a safe and comfortable respite from unruly crowds, but it has its own hazards. Many people who have gifts shipped to them have the packages left at their doorsteps by their carriers, and these unattended parcels prove irresistible to thieves, who need to do nothing more than walk away with them when no one's looking.

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2018 Civilian Academy

Tuesday Evenings - 7PM-9PM starting October 9th, 2018

The White Plains Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the continuation of the Public Safety Civilian Academy. This special and exciting eight-week program is intended for the residents of the City of White Plains who want to learn more about the White Plains Public Safety Department.

This Academy is offered FREE of charge and is a hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program that is taught by experienced police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel.

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