Christmas fire safety

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but there are some fire safety measures you should know leading up to Christmas.

Biloxi fire officials say to make sure you are watering your tree regularly so it doesn’t dry out. You should also turn out the holiday lights before leaving your house. Be careful with decorations by making sure they are flame resistant.

In these cold weather months, be sure to not let any space heaters close to anything flammable. While cooking, do not let holiday company distract you.

Kitchen fires can start easily when dishes that are cooking are left unattended. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said, “We’ve had, as of Friday, 78 fire deaths in the state of Mississippi. That is just unacceptable and most of it is due to apathy. Most people think ‘oh well, it will not happen to me.’ There are a lot of things that we can do to be preventing these fire deaths.”

Chief Boney also says to be aware of lit candles. Christmas and Christmas Eve are the busiest days of the year for candle fires. Keep them in a fire safe container and always blow them out at night.

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