Date of release: January 29, 2019
The Paducah Fire Department wants to share the following information about heating your home safely. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, home fires occur more often in the winter months than any other time of the year. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires fatalities with smoking as the leading cause.
Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Greg Cherry says, “One of the biggest mistakes is placing objects, especially flammable objects such as bedding, clothing, and curtains, too close to a heating source. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from fireplaces, space heaters, wood stoves, candles, and radiators. Remember that these heating sources can cause skin burns as well. Please make sure that children and pets stay several feet away.”
To keep your family safe this winter season, the Paducah Fire Department encourages the public to follow these heating reminders:
Cherry adds, “I encourage everyone to make a fire escape plan for their home. Also, be aware of the items that you may need in case of an emergency. Keep the telephone, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and aids such as walkers, canes, or wheelchairs, nearby.”