Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -
While you are setting the time on your clock back take the time to protect the ones you love by changing the batteries in your smoke detector. During daylight savings time, Coast firefighters and the American Red Cross are reminding people that smoke alarms can save lives but only if they're working correctly.
Red Cross officials said last year the South Mississippi chapter responded to more than 350 house fires. Officials said this time of year can be especially dangerous.
When responding to a house fire, firefighters use positive pressure ventilators to clear the house of smoke. Long Beach firefighters said heavy smoke can make it difficult for families to escape their homes safely.
"The biggest risk in a fire usually happens before the fire gets too intense," said firefighter Craig Ahlers. "The smoke makes it hard for us to breathe. Then we have a hard time with visibility as far as getting out of a house. So it's very important to have those batteries changed at least twice a year."
Firefighters said daylight savings is a convenient reminder for the twice a year battery change. They said especially over the Fall and Winter, the chance of a home catching fire increases.
"A majority of the fires are at night especially when people are using space heaters at night when the temperature goes down," said Ahlers. "They have them going good to keep themselves warm and cozy. Without a smoke detector chances are if a fire breaks out you're going to have a hard time getting out."
Ahlers said, "Another bad thing about this time of year is people use extension chords. They plug in surge protectors and have four or five different chords plugged into one outlet. That heats up the outlet and makes it a fire risk."
The Long Beach Fire Department distributes free smoke detectors to the elderly and low income. They don't recommend detectors in the kitchen because they'll go off frequently and people will likely become annoyed and take the batteries out.
"We recommend you put it in the next room adjacent to the kitchen so if the smoke does get to thick it will at least trip off the smoke detector in the adjacent room," Ahlers said. "Smoke detectors should always be put in every bedroom and adjacent to every bedroom so if you have a hall way leading to the bedroom, you need one in the bedroom and in the hallway.
Martha Duvall, Communications Officer for Red Cross said, "Mississippi residents can take simple actions to reduce the risk of a home fire tragedy by installing and maintaining a smoke alarm on every level of their home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Smoke alarms provide us with a few minutes of advance warning in the event of a home fire and the extra time can save lives."
Here are some safety tips from the American Red Cross.
Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button.
Install a new battery immediately if an alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low.
Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it.
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