Angie Grajeda has worked with the Red Cross since 2007. She loves being able to work within the community and help people in need. During the winter, Grajeda says the Red Cross responds to more fires than they wish they had to.
"We respond to house fires on a daily basis, sometimes three and four this time of year," said Grajeda.
According to Harrison County Fire Marshall, Pat Sullivan, seeing an increase in house fires is common in the winter.
"There's not one specific thing that we have a trend in. We've had several fires and each one of them has a different cause to it," said Sullivan.
Sullivan says the key is to be cautious when using alternative heat sources like stoves or space heaters. He also warns against putting things other than wooden logs in fire places. Another reason for the increase in fires is cigarettes.
According to Sullivan, because of the cold temperatures smokers will smoke closer to the house and rush back in, not properly putting their cigarettes out.
"Smoke detectors and early warning, without a doubt is one of the most important things. If we can get a small fire detected and put that out quickly, everyone wins in that case."
Although no one wants to think about experiencing a house fire, Grajeda adds that you should still prepare for the worst.
"Have a plan on how to get out of your house if a fire does occur. You want to make sure that people are able to get out safely and not get hurt. So, practice that plan and talk to your family about that plan," said Grajeda.
If you have any questions about how to get a smoke detector or general fire safety tips, you can call the State Fire Marshall at 888-648-0877.
Friday, August 29 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:50:26 GMT
Special Judge Hollis McGehee has decided to dismiss an election challenge filed by Chris McDaniel..More >>
Special Judge Hollis McGehee has decided to dismiss an election challenge filed by Chris McDaniel. The judge announced his decision Friday in Gulfport, but that may not be the end to the legal battle between the two candidates.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:30:06 GMT
Gruesome and disturbing new details were revealed Friday morning in a pre-trial hearing for the man accused of killing 5-year-old Janaya ThompsonMore >>
Gruesome and disturbing new details were revealed Friday morning in a pre-trial hearing for the man accused of killing 5-year-old Janaya Thompson. The Gulfport girl was sexually assaulted and strangled in July. Alberto Julio Garcia is charged with capital murder in the case. During Friday's hearing, prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence found on Janaya's body has come back from the crime lab with a positive match for Garcia's DNA.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:25 GMT
Officials continue to search for the man who beat and robbed a woman during a home invasion in Yazoo City on Monday night. According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front doorMore >>
According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front door for a person she thought needed help.
Friday, August 29 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:45:32 GMT
It was a short and simple ceremony on the Biloxi Town Green Friday morning to mark the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. High school students solemnly read the names of those killed by the storm.More >>
A small crowd gathered on the town green in Biloxi on Friday morning for the annual Hurricane Katrina observance. Nine years after the storm, Mayor A.J. Holloway acknowledged the tremendous losses, but also talked about the significant progress that's been made in the years since.More >>