Fire officials reminds the public about fire safety

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton

mthornton@klkntv.com

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, fire officials are reminding families about things they can do to stay safe.

What’s the number one tip?

Make sure your detectors are working..

"It’s very critically important to have a working smoke detector. We say it increases your survivorbility about 50 percent if you have a working smoke detector,” Chief Fire Investigator Bill Moody said.

It’s estimated that 3 out of every 5 fire deaths that happen at home.

They usually happen when there are either no alarms or they’re not working.

 Here are some recommendations:

You should have one on each level of your house and one in each bedroom if possible

Buy something that is simple and easy to operate

Look for ones that are UL rated

Along with detectors, Battalion Chief Leo Benes says it’s a good idea to have an escape plan in place.

"We can spend a lot of money on detectors, equipment and all those various things that will work to make our homes safe, but I  think one of the most important things we can have a plan for emergency,” Battalion Chief Leo Benes said.

According to LFR, fires are slightly up in Lincoln.

Firefighters say many are cooking–related or caused by cigarettes.

They say luckily, few have been catastrophic.

Benes says ultimately they just want people to take precautions.

"We like to focus on fire prevention each and every week, all year long because it’s important for us and you as a community to be safe. So, we like to encourage you to be fire safe all year long,” Benes said.

Don’t forget to test your smoke alarms regularly and replace them about every 10 years.

For more information about smoke alarms, visit this link: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms/ionization-vs-photoelectric