Firefighters educate the public on fire safety

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With cool weather moving into southeast Louisiana, people will try to find different ways to keep warm, but firefighters would like them to be careful with heating sources.

This is National Fire Prevention Week. Officials report house fires spike around this time of year. So, firemen across the country will spend some extra time this week educating the public on fire safety.

Starting Monday, first responders will remind people the little ways to prevent fires in their homes and businesses, as well as re-educating people on what to do when there is a fire.

Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said this week of public education is extremely timely.

He said 25 percent of fires and fire deaths take place this time of year, with the increased use of space heaters and kitchen appliances for fall cooking.

Browning added this is the most important time of year to make sure those kitchen and all other appliances are properly functioning. Fire fighters also want people to make sure smoke detectors are in homes and working, too.

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