As Mother Nature brings some of the coldest temperatures of the season to Southeast Alabama, the Dothan Fire Department would like to remind our citizens about fire safety and driving cautiously during this time period.
Dothan’s Fire Chief Larry Williams reminds citizens, “Having a working smoke detector in your home increases your chances of surviving a fire.”
“We do see an increase in home fires during periods of extreme cold, such as forecasted over the next two days, partially due to the number
of space heaters in operation,” Williams concluded.
The Dothan Fire Department offers the following tips to home owners:
· Test your smoke detectors to ensure they operate properly
· If using a space heater, ensure you maintain 48 inches of clearance around the heater and do not use extension cords
· If you are using a kerosene heater, ensure that you are using the proper fuel and never fill the reservoir indoors.
· Ensure all space heaters are turned off or unplugged when leaving the home In cooperation with the Dothan / Houston County Emergency Management Agency a warming station is being opened this afternoon at 4:00 P.M. for those who need relief from the frigid temperatures.
“This warming station will be located at the First Church of the Nazarene on Honeysuckle Road and will remain open until 8:00 A.M.
on Wednesday morning,” according to Dothan / Houston County EMA Director Steve Carlisle.
Citizens who need assistance may contact the Emergency Management Office at 334-794-9720. In the event of a fire, crime in progress or medical emergency please continue to dial 911 for assistance.