Fire Safety Tips

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Scenes like this one have become common place for local fire departments recently, responding to several fires in just the past week alone, perhaps now's the time to get a refresher course on fire safety?

"The first thing is do you have a plan?" Assistant Fire Chief in Delhi Township, Pat Brown, said.

Brown agreed to walk with us through a station employee's house to hopefully get others out there thinking.

"Most fires occur at night, people get panicky then," he said. "But if you have a plan, it helps out the fire department."

Next on the list? You should have several smoke alarms on each floor and they should be checked regularly.

"Time change is a good time to change batteries, children's birthdays is another good time," Brown said. "It saves lives, we can live with the sound."

It's a good thing this family has a fire extinguisher, but Brown found a problem.

"This one has been used or needs recharged," he said. "This one is in the red and needs to be changed."

This fireplace happens to be gas, but for wood burners, Brown said chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year, and ashes should be disposed of properly.

"If you're going to take out the ashes," Brown said, "put them in a metal container because people put them in a plastic bags and it smolders and catches on fire out on the deck."

Lastly, Brown said, everyone should make sure there is at least three feet of empty space around furnaces and water heaters. Plus every house should have a carbon monoxide detector.

"Everyone thinks it won't happen to me," he said. "It happens every day somewhere and if we practice safety, things still could happen, but we may help prevent some things."

A lot of fires start because people improperly installed wood burners. Brown suggests that you utilize an expert for that type of thing, or have someone come out an inspect to make sure it is safe.

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