Deadly fires highlight need for a fire safety plan in your household


February has been a deadly month in West Virginia when it comes to fires. Fourteen people have died in fires so far in 2016. 

Lieutenant Matt Lanham with the Charleston Fire Department teaches fire safety to thousands of third graders every year. But he said parents should practice at home as well. 

“We test our smoke alarms once a month because that is important,” he said. “Getting out of our house is important too. So practice that once a month. It can be a fun time with the kids,”

If you are on an upper floor during a fire and you can’t get out, Lanham suggested  throwing something out the window that firefighters may notice as out of the ordinary such as a blanket or pillow. He said firefighters are trained to look for those sorts of things and that will alert them to look up. With the sirens and other noises he said they might not hear you screaming for help. 

Make sure you have enough working smoke detectors in your home as well in the proper places. 

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