Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Fire Safety During Cold Weather

Ten people have been killed in Kentucky in house fires since Dec. 3, and the state fire marshal is reminding residents to take precautions to ensure safety during the holidays and cold months of winter.

Fire Marshal William Swope says at the top of the list is to have a fire escape plan and to practice it with everyone in the household repeatedly. Part of the plan should including having working smoke alarms with fresh batteries and to place the alarms in appropriate locations. Swope also says proper use of heating units should also be part of the plan.

He says smoke alarms need to be placed on every floor, fire escape plans need to include two exits from every room and portable or space heaters, as well as fireplaces, vents, chimneys and central heating systems need to be inspected to make sure they are in working order.

Information on fire safety is available at the Division of Fire Prevention's website at

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