Fire marshal Johnny Jackson shares Christmas safety tips

HATTIESBURG, Miss - Fire officialS urge people to make fire safety an important part of planning for their holiday celebrations.

According to the National Fire Protection Association between the years of 2009-2013 alone 210 homes caught fire that started from Christmas trees.

Fire Marshal Johnny Jackson shares why fire and family safety is important during this week.

"It is very important because you want to make sure you have a safe holiday season, most of all we want to make sure your family is safe. Make sure that you have smoke detectors in all levels of your home and make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy" says Jackson.

CHRISTMAS TIPS:

1. Keep your Christmas tree well hydrated and replenish the water daily

2. Never burn wrapping paper it can cause a flash fire

3. Make sure Christmas lights are intended for indoor or outdoor use

4. Keep candles away from your Christmas tree and gift wrappers

5. Have your Christmas tree 5 feet away from curtains

6. Turn off all Christmas lighting before leaving your home

7. Have a fire extinguisher handy at all times

8. Check your batteries for your smoke detectors and make sure they are working

9. Have an emergency plan with your family

"If there is a fire emergency make sure you leave the home and call 911. Let us come in, if we can save one life, we've done what we are supposed to do" says Jackson.

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