Fire Officials Stress Fire Safety

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As the warmer weather makes its way in, fire officials are stressing the importance of smoke detectors as fires are just as prevalent in the summer as they are in the winter.

Chief George Brown of the Boardman Fire Department puts out as many fires in the winter as he does in the summer.

“We continue to have fires year round,” said Brown.

He said different times of year create different fires.

“Winter a lot of times, it’s the auxiliary heating units, heaters, candles, those type of things,” said Brown. “In the spring, we seem to find that mulch fires, unattended outdoor fires, fires that are unattended on the stove because people get distracted.”

Another summertime fire starter are charcoal grills.  In June 2011, six people died in a house fire in Warren because of an unattended grill.

“They think the charcoals are cool and they’re not,” explained Brown. “They put them in a bag or a box and a few hours later there’s a fire burning up the outside of their house.”

Electrical fires are also common. The Demascus Fire Department is investigating what could have been an electrical fire that left a man dead in Goshen Township Saturday night.

“Electrical fires are due to shortages and different things” said Brown. ” In the summertime we run air conditioners. We run fans. We run a lot of different other items that might draw more current.”

Bad wires and overloaded circuits can also spark a fire.

Chief Brown said he can’t stress enough the importance of using smoke detectors all year round.

“Boardman is still doing no child sleeps unprotected. If people need smoke detectors, they should call us and we’ll try to provide them with smoke detectors,” said Brown.

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