Fire Prevention Tips

As we transition out of the holiday season and into our coldest part of the year, it is important to make sure you are protecting your property and loved ones from a potential fire. It is during this time of year that area fire departments see the greatest number of fires.

"In this time of year, generally the number of house fires increase," says Meridian Fire Department Battalion Chief Danny Ivy. "People get real busy around the holiday season; they might get a little forgetful about their safety around the house."

After celebrating the holidays, and still probably having several extra items plugged into our power grids, it's important to make sure you don't overload your home's electrical system by using too many extension cords, especially if you live in an older home.

"If you think about older homes, older homes don't have the electrical sources that they do in modern-day homes, and they choose to use power outlet cords and extension cords, and that's a big problem that we found that causes a lot of fires," Ivy explains.

As the decorations come down and the heat gets turned up, make sure you also keep plenty of space around any space heaters you may be using.

"Encourage everybody to practice safety, fire safety, when it comes to cooking, when it comes to heating. If they don't have adequate heating and they're using spot heaters, they need to practice to have at least three feet clearance around all spot heaters," says Ivy.

Also, make sure your family and guests know where to meet outside in the event of a fire.