Fire prevention and detection

Fire safety tips for the holiday season

Now is a good time to talk about fire safety during the holiday season. It’s time once again to drag your artificial tree out of storage or head to the Christmas tree farm to pick out a live one.

But don’t get too tangled up in all the bright lights and decorations and forget to take precautions.

Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan is reminding everyone to be aware and be prepared.

Chief Sullivan encourages everyone to check their decorations for frayed or exposed wires before plugging them in.

Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers will add an extra layer of protection to your home.

When it comes to a live Christmas tree fire, Sullivan says the best thing to do is get away as fast as possible. “The main thing with a Christmas tree fire or a live tree fire is that when it gets to the point it’s burning, it’s almost explosive. It’s like someone has poured gas on it. It goes so quickly and most of the time you don’t even have time to run and get a fire extinguisher. They go so fast and they’re so intense.”

You can take safety precautions with your artificial tree and lights used to decorate your house by not overloading electrical sockets.

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