Campbell County Office of Emergency list steps to advoid the risks of fire in the home | Families
ALEXANDRIA, KY (FOX19) — November 1, 2010, with the chill of fall expected to arrive this week it’s time to think about our home heating systems. The heating system in a home is the prime cause of fires in residences and is the second most common cause of deaths because of fires, according to nationwide research.
William Ray Turner, Director of the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management explains that common sense steps can do much to avoid the risks of fire in the home.
Here are some precautions that Turner offers:
* Check the central heating system early every season, even before turning on the heat, if possible.
* Change or clean air filters regularly, every month of the prime heating system if you can.
* Wood or coal?burning stoves should be at least a yard away from walls or furniture. Heating devices should be installed by carefully following all directions, and checked for cracks or other problems periodically.
* Do not fill kerosene heaters indoors, and never while the heater is in operation. Again, follow the directions carefully, step by step.
* Have an emergency escape plan ?? which can help in situations other than fires ?? and actually hold a home fire emergency drill each heating season.
* Have a prearranged place for your family group to assemble after leaving the building. Lives are lost every year by persons attempting to rescue family members who are merely lost because in the confusion of the immediate aftermath of a home fire.
Emergency Management officials suggest, if you need further information, that you contact the fire department nearest your home.