Carroll was among the case workers who responded to a fatal fire in the 100 block of North Kilmer Street in Dayton on Jan. 22, where firefighters found the remains of a four-month-old boy inside the burned home. Education is the key to avoiding tragedy, she said.
“It was really hard to go out to those scenes knowing that we were going to approach a family that has just lost a loved one,” she said.
Middletown firefighters report they’ve responded to 10 fires so far this year, two families have been displaced. While in Hamilton fire officials say they’ve extinguished seven structure fires in 2015, Fire Chief Steve Dawson says four people were displaced.
Middletown firefighters report they’ve responded to 10 fires so far this year with two families having been displaced. And in Hamilton, fire officials report seven structure fires in 2015 with four families displaced.
Fire Marshal Bob Hess, of the Middletown Division of Fire, said his department sees a 10 to 20 percent increase in calls for structure fires during the winter. Hess said he’s seen people take some ill-advised risks in order to drive away the cold.
“We’ve been at many residences where people are using their stoves or ovens,” he said. “The (oven) door is open, set at 500 degrees and heating their home.”
Hess said this is particularly dangerous because stoves and ovens can emit sparks because of food left in them and that could start a fire. He said firefighters also see a number of fires cause by electric space heaters and kerosene heaters.
“People store combustibles too close to them,” Hess said, adding that people should keep blankets, clothes and other flammable materials at least three to six feet away from space heaters. “They can be used provided they’re plugged directly into the outlet.”
Candles and open propane heaters also should not be used to stay warm, Hess said. Safety officials also urge people to make sure they have working smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.
“Also have your furnace checked by a licensed contractor,” said Hess.