BRIDGEPORT - The Bridgeport Fire Department kicked off a safety campaign Friday with the goal of preventing fatal fires.

Firefighters are using the initiative to help residents learn about fire safety during the holidays.

When it comes to extension cords around Christmas trees, firefighters say an overused one will short and then spark.

Assistant Fire Chief Dominick Carfi says smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are the first line of defense when it comes to keeping the public safe.

The fire department installs free smoke alarms for Bridgeport residents.

Firefighters also say that real Christmas trees should be watered so they don't dry out and become a major fire hazard.