Fire fighters are always busier during the winter months as the number of house fires increases. While many fire safety tips seem like common sense, each year fire fighters respond to more house fires that could have been prevented with some minor precautions.
The good news is we all can implement these safety tips quickly and easily into our home. It just takes a little time and work to be more conscientious.
Many people are welcoming the drop in temperature, but unfortunately, the change almost always means more house fires.
Travis Fretts with the Dothan Fire Department said, "With the change in the weather, and people using alternative forms of heat like a space heater, there are a lot more house fires."
Every home needs to be equipped with not only a smoke detector, but carbon monoxide detector as well. If your house isn't running on electric, then there are extra precautions you need to take.
Fretts said, “If you have gas appliances make sure they are services each year by a licensed technicians."
It may seem like a good idea to pull out the space heater to warm up a room, but actually they use more energy than a heater and pose potential fire hazards to your home.
Fretts said, "Keep objects three feet away from space heaters and make sure kids aren't playing around them or anything can fall on them."
If you're planning to start up the fireplace, that too needs to be inspected annually to keep you and your family safe.
Many of you may have your houses decorated for Halloween. Remember that while it's nice to show your spirit, do not leave your decorations plugged in or burn candles in your jack-o-lanterns throughout the night.
In case a fire does break out in your home remember to have a fire escape route that both you and your children are familiar with to increase your chances of getting out alive.