YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – WKBN sat down with State Fire Marshal Fire Prevention Chief Frank Conway to discuss fire safety and prevention during a particularly deadly time of year.
From October through March, fire investigators are particularly busy as it is the “heating season” — a time when Conway says many fires can be started by wood burning stoves, fireplaces and other heating sources.
In January 2015, the state recorded its highest number of fire-related fatalities. As such, the State Fire Marshal’s office, American Red Cross, Area Agency on Aging and local officials are outlining a public awareness campaign launched in October — Safe and Sound — which seeks to reduce fire deaths in 2016 in the Mahoning Valley.
Conway recommended several tips for using “alternative heating sources.” He said:
- Users should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for use;
- Keep children away from the heat source,
- Refuel petroleum-based heat units outdoors, once they’re cooled,
- And, have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
For more information and safety tips, watch the above video interview with Conway.