ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN)—As the temperature gets “colder” this week, people begin to turn on additional sources of heat.
The Enterprise Fire Department wants to remind the public of being careful when using space heaters.
Enterprise Fire Chief Chris Davis says his department is seeing an increase in space heater fires.
CHIEF DAVIS SAYS THESE TYPES OF FIRES ARE PREVENTABLE AND THE BEST WAY HIS PERSONNEL CAN HELP IS
THROUGH EDUCATION AND RISK REDUCTION.
THE NUMBER ONE RULE, IF YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE “TURN IT OFF”. WHEN IT’S TIME TO GO TO BED, TURN IT OFF. LEAVING
SPACE HEATERS UNATTENDED ARE DANGEROUS AND CAN HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.
Chris Davis says “and obviously right now heating is the big deal, the big concern as it gets colder. we can protect a lot of people and a lot of property just by making sure we get the information out there and give some friendly reminders.”
Mike Gurspan says “national statistics indicate when you have a properly working smoke detector, it saves lives in the home by more than 50 percent.”
FIRE OFFICIALS SAY SPACE HEATERS REQUIRE MORE WATTAGE THAN OTHER DEVICES AND THE
THE WALL OUTLET CAN HANDLE THAT. BUT, POWER STRIPS AND EXTENSION CORDS”CAN NOT.
Battalion Chief Brian Beasley adds “make sure you keep an area at least three feet around these heaters and heating sources clear, keep children and pets away. also, another big thing a lot of people don’t think of is sure to plug these heaters directly into a wall outlet.”
CHIEF DAVIS SAYS TO FOLLOW THE SPACE HEATER DIRECTIONS TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE USING IT SAFELY.