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Be aware of holiday fire dangers, Mississippi Fire Marshal cautions

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For many of us, it’s just not Christmas until the tree is up and decorated, and for some, there’s nothing like the scent and feel of a live tree.

While live trees are wonderful, they can present a fire hazard, especially as the tree dries out.

On Tuesday, Dec.4, the Mississippi Fire Marshal’s office posted this video demonstrating how quickly a Christmas tree can go up in flames.

So far in 2019, 57 people have died in fires in Mississippi, reports WAPT. According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, there were no working smoke alarms in 84 percent of those cases.

To keep you and your loved ones safe, the State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends the following fire safety measures for live trees and holiday decorations:

  • Use holiday decorations made with flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.
  • Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging lights in. Use lights approved by Underwriter’s Laboratories.
  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations.
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and make sure any lit candles in the room are placed away from tree branches.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Try to keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water daily.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source.
  • Take the tree down when it becomes dry. Recycle it, use it as a fish shelter in a farm pond or put it out with the trash. Do not burn it in the fireplace. Heat may explode the wood and set the room on fire.

For more fire safety information, visit the Mississippi Fire Marshal website.

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Right at Home: Atmospherics bring a sense of quiet

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Last updated 2:22 p.m. PT By KIM COOK HEARST NEWSPAPERS

“Atmospheric” decor is characterized by soft textures, transparency, iridescence, opacity — or even all of those at once. It can create a mood of quietude and retreat. And it is, some designers say, popular now as an antidote to an increasingly jarring and sped-up world. “We’re seeking balance and understanding, and we want to unclutter our minds,” says design consultant Laura Guido-Clark of Berkeley, Calif. Despite atmospheric decor’s quiet, it has “an inherent energy,” she says. Many of these elements were on the runways of Monique Lhuillier and Chanel this spring, and in furnishings, they offer a counterpoint to the season’s alter ego, an exuberant jumble trunk of hot hues and wild colors. The colors in atmospherics tend to be lightweight and sheer — as Guido-Clark notes, “veiled like mist or air.” Yet there can be elements of strength and purity. We see a lot of dreamy hues — soft whites, blush, silver — but also hefty colors — graphite, charcoal. Textures include voile, moire silk, slubbed wool, crystal, hammered metals, blown glass, ceramic, even translucent concrete. Mud Australia, a top ceramics studio, creates beautifully curvy vessels and plates in soft, chalky hues with names like “ocean,” ”milk,” ”powder,” ”dust.” Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka creates conceptual furniture out of interesting materials. He’s designed a line of thick, clear polycarbonate furniture for Kartell called The Invisibles. And Paper Cloud, created for Moroso, is a white, fluffy sectional sofa. Describing his interest in light and wind, Yoshioka says, “I’m fascinated by elements that stir and stimulate the imagination.” Italian designer Diego Grandi, who along with Manola Bossi created the voluptuously elegant gold-glazed Oppiacei Table, says, “I call myself a ‘slow addict.’ I listen to silence with pleasure.” Trove’s dreamlike wallpapers include Ciel, with a cloud motif; an oceanic Sargasso; and Nekkar and Askella, both featuring a cascade of feathery petals. At Design Within Reach, find One & Co.’s 47 Table, a chunk of timber given a shimmery coat of silver. Or gravitate toward the Toto Cube Lamp, created by a French wine tank manufacturer during its quiet season; the lamp is large enough to use as a seat or table, and is lit from inside with a warm glow. Pier 1 has the Swirl Lamp, a sinuous twist of antiqued silver, and ruched, voile throw pillows in foggy, smoky hues. Ruffles in lightweight fabrics work nicely in this theme; check out Urban Outfitters and Pottery Barn for frothy, watercolored shower curtains and bedding. Z Gallerie has a spherical lamp made of hundreds of oyster shell tiles; its iridescence is both organic and jewel-like. Find here also the Cloud vase, a milky swirl of cirrus glass. Roubini Rugs has Tony Duquette’s Malachite rug, an eddy of emerald and ink like a sliver of the mineral itself. And Campion Platt’s Mariner rug collection, inspired by travels through the Turks & Caicos, uses the soothing natural patterns of waves and the landscape. Art Addiction offers several large format prints that would create instant atmosphere, and provide a launch point for other furnishings. A series of dandelions, about to catch the wind. A collection of X-rayed sea urchins and shells, elemental and artistic. And a dramatic group of horse images in which the animals have been photographed, all sinewy muscles and whipping manes, on a blustery, misty day. There’s something of the dream world about them. Sourcebook: www.artaddictioninc.com – Dark Horse, White Horse, Black & White Flower prints, start at $507 for 20-by-30-inch images; Black & White Sea Urchin is $608 for 30-by-30 inches; www.troveline.com – Ciel, Sargasso, Nekkar and Akella papers, $13 per square foot each; www.zgallerie.com – Oyster shell lamp, $199; Cloud vases, $16.95-$19.95; www.dwr.com – Toto lamp, $275; Oppiacei gold table, $2,280; 47 Table, $1,200; www.pier1.com – Swirl lamp, $75; www.potterybarn.com – Hadley ruched bedding collection, $39-$179; www.roubinirugs.com – Tony Duquette’s Malachite rug, wool starts $4,680, silk starts $5,880; Campion Platt’s Mariner collection starts around $3,960.
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