FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – It’s Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) and local departments are taking time to remind homeowners how they can reduce the risk of a devastating fire.
Action 2 News This Morning visited Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue to get some fire safety tips and live fire demonstrations.
Division Chief Troy Haase demonstrated ways to prevent fires in your kitchen, living space, and garage.
If you’re cooking, don’t wander away from the stove. Keep oven mitts handy in case you need to remove a hot pan from a flame. Don’t grab that pan too quickly–you don’t want oil to escape and make the fire worse.
Haase reminds smokers to make sure all materials are out before tossing them in the trash. He also recommends people smoke outside, and warns against smoking when drowsy to avoid falling asleep with a lit cigarette.
People who have fireplaces or outdoor fire pits should put ashes and embers in water before tossing them in the garbage.
Haase also showed us how quickly modern furniture goes up in flames. He says petroleum-based materials and nylon are very flammable.
“Everything is more flammable nowadays, so everything ignites a lot faster and as it ignites, of course, it builds and it’s black smoke and it gives you less time to get out of the building,” Haase said.
Firefighters stress the importance of working smoke detectors. Three out of five house fire deaths happen in homes without working smoke alarms. Half of those deaths happened in fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when many people are asleep.
The department urges residents to replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
“Over half the people that die in fires have non-working smoke detectors,” Haase says.
On Tuesday, Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue will host an open house from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the station on 815 South Main Street. It will include a live fire demonstration including a rescue and fire extinguisher training.