MCFRS News Release

Have an Escape Plan - Get Out Alive and Uninjured

Injury and fire loss increase an average 61% and 43% respectively

Typically the winter months of December, January and February are the busiest in terms of emergency fire responses for area fire and rescue departments.  These months appear to be the deadliest, as well.  Recent fires have often been the result of food left cooking unwatched, candles left burning unattended, combustibles too close to a heating system, discarded smoking materials, misplaced fireplace ashes and a malfunction with heating systems. Later this month, dried out Christmas trees and other holiday decorations could pose an additional fire hazard this time of year, too.  Improperly discarded smoking materials, careless smoking and unattended cooking have been the primary cause of this year’s fire deaths. Many of these fires can be prevented.

It is important that all residents know to have a working smoke alarm on each level of a home, have an escape plan (know how to get out quickly) and call the fire department from a safe area, preferably a neighbor’s house.

Dangerous time of year –

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