Recent increase in house fires; LFR stressing fire safety

LFR says from October 1st of last year till now, there have been 98 calls for service that came in as a reported fire.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – We have seen a recent rise in house fires over the last week or so. Lincoln Fire and Rescue says although it’s concerning, it’s not entirely unexpected.

“This is the time frame where we typically have a rise in fires just because it’s wintertime and there is a lot of things going on with furnaces and space heaters and the holiday season with Christmas trees and things. But over the last week, you’re right, we have seen just a little bit of an uptick in house fires,” Mark Majors, a Battalion Chief with LFR said.

LFR says from October 1st of last year till now, there have been 98 calls for service that came in as a reported fire. That number is up from previous years.

Keep in mind, crews are battling these flames in sometimes single-digit degree temperatures which makes things more difficult for crews – even just getting to the scene of the fire.

“We have to be more considerate of where we’re putting the water, making sure that leaking hose lines or anything like that doesn’t create a slip, trip, or fall hazard for our own personnel. Not to mention when we’re completed with the fire, just freezing up our hose lines and making sure that everybody gets ready to go and you kind of do things in a hasty mode to pick things up,” Major said.

LFR is stressing the importance of fire safety at a time like this.

They say to make sure your space heater is at least three to four feet away from the wall or other objects. Also, it’s important to make sure you’re having annual checkups on your home and changing your furnace filter, making sure it’s operating efficiently.

“Not only could it cause a fire, if things are really dirty in your ductwork, but carbon monoxide, sometimes when a furnace isn’t working appropriately you can get carbon monoxide to come off of your actual furnace and that can cause some issues as well. We see usually an uptick of those during the winter months as well,” Major said.

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