by: Scott McCaulley

As the countdown to Christmas continues, area Firefighters reminds residents about safety and even provide a list of ideas for Fire Safety Gifts.

The Western Taney County Fire Protection District on their Facebook Page have reminders for folks that have Live Christmas Trees on how to keep them safe from fire, including constant watering and making sure all the lights on the tree are secure. In addition, Firefighters remind people with Live Trees to keep burning Candles away from the Branches and residents with Fireplaces should make sure there is a screen to protect Embers from getting away from the Fireplace.

Meanwhile, Branson Fire-Rescue posts on their Facebook Page some gift ideas to help keep homes and families safe year round. They include Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors, All-Hazard Risk Radios, Fire Extinguisher, First Aid Kit, and more. The Gift Idea List also provides reminders on procedures families should use in case of an emergency.