Fire inspector gives tips for Christmas tree safety

Fire inspector gives tips for Christmas tree safety

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Christmas decorations can sometimes present a risk of danger if not handled properly.

With just days before Christmas, many living rooms consist of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree surround by presents. Although festive, the evergreens pose a potential risk for disaster if not maintained properly.

When purchasing and setting up Christmas trees, inspector Robert Powell with the Biloxi Fire Department says to remember the following:

  • style="margin-left: 40px;">Buy a tree that's fresh
  • style="margin-left: 40px;">Water tree regularly
  • style="margin-left: 40px;">Check all wires on decorative lights
  • style="margin-left: 40px;">Keep the tree at least three feet away from any source, such as a fire place
  • style="margin-left: 40px;">Unplug lights at bedtime, and when leaving home

Powell also encourages residents make sure smoke detectors are in working condition.

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