Cold temps cause spike in fire calls

POSTED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 11:05pm

With temperatures dipping down to the 30s overnight, many are turning to their fireplaces and heaters to stay warm but with that comes the potential risk for house fires.

"It's busy all the time but when we get these weather swings, get these cold snaps in here, it does pick up a little bit from that," said College Station Fire Department's public information officer, Bart Humphreys.

In fact, the College Station Fire Department has already responded to at least three different calls in regards to the colder temps.

"We've gone on at least two calls that involved smells from heaters," said Humphreys. "One resident thought they saw some smoke but both turned out to be nothing major, just the dust burning off like we usually say but we also have gone to one chimney fire."

And with another night of near-freezing temperatures in the forecast, CSFD Fire Marshall Eric Dotson says there are a few things you should do first, if you haven't already, before cranking up the heat.

"It's been sitting dormant for a long time and dust can gather on the heating elements so when it heats up and cranks up sometimes it'll put out smoke or smells like something is burning so it's always a good idea to have someone check it out prior to using it," Dotson tells us.

The same goes for your fireplace too because the last thing you want is a fire to destroy your house when it's completely preventable.

"We've gone to fires Christmas morning when everything was burned up and everyone was standing outside and it's not fun for them or us so you just have to be aware of everything around you and what you're doing," said Dotson.

Dotson says to also make sure you having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your house because they can help save your life.


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