HFD gives fire safety tips

HFD provides free detectors to some families

Published On: Nov 29 2012 05:56:11 PM CST

The lights are up, the tree is lit and there's hot cider simmering on the stove. It sounds like Christmas to most people, but to Houston firefighters it sounds like a potential fire hazard.

An increase in house and apartment fires happen every year around the holidays, firefighters said.

Crews battled nearly 60 apartment fires in Houston alone in December 2011, said Ruy Lozano with the Houston fire Department.

"We have a lot of fires in this time of year that can easily be prevented if we follow certain precautions," he said.

Firefighters gave households advice to protect themselves.

The Houston Fire Department provides free detectors to families who can't afford them.