Christmas is the time for great joy and celebration, but homeowners must still be watchful about lighting and over-loaded receptacles. It seems that every year in December a fire takes place that can be blamed on carelessness or neglect.

In an encore broadcast, New Bedford District Fire Chief Scott Kruger and Fire Prevention head Shawn Sivil join Jim Phillips to point out some potential holiday hazards in the home that if left unattended could turn your Christmas into a winter nightmare.

Townsquare Sunday airs every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. on 1420 WBSM. The program highlights individuals and organizations seeking to improve the quality of life in Greater New Bedford. Interview segments can also be heard on, the WBSM app, and on YouTube at WBSM-TV.

If you have a public event, festival, or neighborhood activity you want to publicize, submit your information here. You can also send an e-mail to Jim Phillips at

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