Experts share house fire causes that can easily be prevented

Important reminders to ensure safety in case of a fire
Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 10:21 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - In January alone, the Tri-Cities area has seen a handful of house fires and in most instances the structure was a total loss. Fortunately, everyone was able to get out safely.

Normally this time of year, house fires are attributed to dying Christmas trees, overworked heaters, or down power lines. In most of the recent cases, the fires were caused by things that could have been prevented.

A few things to keep in mind as they pertain to fires:

  • Know where your smoke detectors are and test them frequently
  • Know where your fire extinguisher is, how to use it and make sure it isn’t expired

“You know, a lot of the fires that we’ve been seeing recently aren’t attributed to overloaded power cords, heaters, Christmas trees anything like that,” Adams County Emergency Manager Ron Pughes said. “They are related to a lot of incidents that could’ve been prevented be it ashes or discarded materials which is causing home fires.”

Pughes, who is at the site of each fire in Adams County, said noticing things that could start a fire before its too late is crucial. Look for frayed wires in your home, lit candles, lit cigarettes, warm or hot items that you’re throwing away.

If a fire were to occur, the most important thing is getting everyone out of the home safely.

“First and foremost is family safety: property can be replaced, life can’t,” Pughes said.

Having a plan in place to get out of your home and get everyone to safety should be the main priority for a family. Continuously update everyone on a place to meet and an escape plan to get out of the house. Once outside, make sure everyone is accounted for and call 911.

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