Fire Prevention Chief offers fire prevention and safety tips

State Fire Marshal Fire Prevention Chief Frank Conway sat down with WKBN to talk about the state's new fire safety campaign.
State Fire Marshal Fire Prevention Chief Frank Conway sat down with WKBN to talk about the state's new fire safety campaign.

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.

 

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