The cooler weather is coming and that’s a concern for local firefighters, who say there’s more risk as people begin to heat up their homes.
This week marks Fire Prevention Week and Bancroft’s department is marking it by spreading important messages, through school presentations planned for the week and through social media posts.
“This year’s theme has a focus on home escape planning,” said Deputy Fire Chief Matt Musclow. “You have a very short time to escape in a fire. Today’s residential homes burn hotter and faster.”
“It has to do with what today’s homes are built of. With today’s furniture, everything is made out of plastic. Once it’s ignited it burns faster than traditional wood furniture.”
He asks that people practice an escape plan, know where their family “meeting place” is and know what to do once a fire alarm sounds.
Musclow adds that October is often busy for firefighters, as people are starting to use fireplaces and other heating devices again, adding to the risk.
He said the department has already attended some chimney fires this year. He recommends people clean them out before using them for the first time in the season.