PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) — The Pine Bluff Fire Department is proving that red lights and sirens look great when you mix them in with holiday decorations. This month they’re aiming to spread a message of safety and potentially save lives in process.
“What we do is meet and great, spend time visiting with the community,” Battalion Chief Ernest Stacey said.
For the past eight years, Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services have been riding around in a firetruck decked out with lights and a sound system, hoping to remind everyone that practicing fire safety is especially important this time of year.
“We have a big problem with fire extinguishers and smoke detectors every year. We get to Christmas time and people tend to relax,” he said.
The city has had three fires this month already.
“It's so important to always think safety first. With anything you do, always be safe with it,” Stacey said.
All month long the department will travel around town, hand out candy canes and remind you what not to do in order to prevent fires at your home.
The 21st Season of Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends was the first stop.
“It is wonderful, Pine Bluff has done a fantastic job. Every child should get to come and see this,” said one visitor out a the light display tonight.
People travel near and far to see the show, leaving with joyful memories and tips that could save their own life or someone they know.
"I'm from Monticello and was visiting my sister in Sheridan. We came from Sheridan over,” she said.
Chief Stacey’s top three fire safety tips are to be sure there are fresh batteries in the smoke detector, be mindful when cooking, and don't overload extension cords especially in older homes.