Cold weather brings concerns for fire safety

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 10:13 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Fire Prevention Week is approaching in the month of October. The same month when temperatures start to drop and people are turning on their heaters.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, in the last five years, most house fires are caused by heat equipment. Meaning you should check the heaters in your home.

Deputy Fire Chief Cory Benge with the Ottumwa Fire Department says with the heat being turned up in homes there are common threats to know about. “Fireplaces that don’t typically get used a lot are typically where we see our fire hazards.”

Another threat in your home is your furnace. According to Benge if your furnace is not working properly, it could be deadly. “Carbon monoxide is colorless odorless. You can’t smell it, you can’t taste it, you can’t see it. That’s what we call in the fire service as a silent killer.”

Homeowners can check their chimney and furnace to make sure they are safe for the fall and winter time. However, Benge says if you do run into problems to call a professional and to not fix them on your own.

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