Tips to prevent fires during winter months

Boardman Township Fire Department reveals tips to prevent fires around the holidays and winter.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – With its lights flashing, one of Boardman’s fire trucks pulls into Fire Station Number 1. It just returned from responding to a call in the township.

Firefighters there, and across the Valley, tend to stay pretty busy this time of year due to fires caused from heating homes.

“We just want to do the best we can and be as safe as possible,” said Captain Rob John.

Most people use traditional heaters, but fireplaces and space heaters are used a lot too. If not used properly, those heating sources can start fires.

That’s why the state and fire departments are stressing safety this time of year.

“The number one thing we like to do is have working smoke detectors,” John said.

Not having a working smoke detector is the number one cause of death in fires.

In Ohio, 108 people have died in fires this year. Statewide, eight people have died this month.

Luckily, John says it’s been three or four years since Boardman has had a deadly fire.

To stay safe this holiday season, here are some tips for you and your family:

  • Do not block fire escape routes with holiday decorations
  • Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from any heat source
  • Turn off heaters when you leave the room

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