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Fatal fires spark concern about fire safety

March 30, 2004

Tifton- Fireman say most people know the do's and don'ts of fire safety but just get complacent. One of the easiest things you can do to reduce the toll fire can take on you and your home is to make sure you have a smoke alarm and to check it often to make sure it's working properly.

During the past four weeks South Georgia firefighters have responded to at least four deadly house fires. The victims both old and young. Firemen say it's time for people to brush up on fire safety especially when it comes to cooking.

"A lot of times when the holidays come up and the kids are out of school they'll start cooking and get on the telephone and forget it. French fries and tater tots are notorious for burning up houses," says Cpt. Earnest Dove of the Tifton Fire Department.

But preventing a fire is just the first step. Knowing what to do when one breaks out is what can mean the difference between life and death.

"As parents we need to make sure that these kids know a home fire escape plan, how to get out of the room they're in, what to do, where to go, and who to call."

Lastly, fireman remind us not to forget about our smoke alarms. Not having a properly working smoke alarm, is like not having one at all.

"If they can't afford a battery they can call us and we'll bring them a battery. If they don't have a smoke alarm, we'll bring them a smoke alarm."

Although we may forget they're even there, smoke alarms are often the only early warning sign we'll ever get if fire erupts in our homes.

Daylight savings time begins on Sunday and when you set your clocks back fire officials are reminding you to replace the batteries and vacuum the dust out from the your smoke alarms. After you do it, test it to make sure it's working, and while you're thinking about it they say you should go over your evacuation plans as well.

Posted at 3:40 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com