Winter commonly most active time of fires
Lafayette, LA (KADN) — With temperatures finally reaching to a wintery freezing point most of us are worried about staying warm, but there are other precautions you should take along with keeping warm. The Lafayette Fire Department sees most heater fires around this time of year. Most accidents occur from space heaters being placed around combustable materials. All materials need a three-foot clearance around any heater you may have. Also common around this time of year are electrical fires involving extension cords. People commonly place extension cords under rugs for visibility purposes, but these cords get extremely hot and cause major house fires.
"We're seeing some fires with electrical heating devices such as central heating units. A lot of those units need to be checked by a qualified technician annually to make sure its working properly and we're seeing some of those fires as well," says Chief Robert Benoit, Lafayette Fire Department.
Chief Benoit also stresses the safety of a fully functioning smoke detector. Smoke detectors should be placed in a hallway and checked at least twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, to ensure the safety in your home.