Fire Prevention Week, Basic Tips To Prevent Fire

A little reminder never hurts, especially when it comes to the dangers of fire. This week firefighters are putting the spotlight on prevention.

Stephanie Havenridge moved into Hillsborough Apartments a week before a massive fire destroyed a section of apartments in March of this year.

"We came and stood outside and watched the fireman putting out the flames, and they were pretty big flames at that point," said Havenridge.

It was a day many felt helpless as they watched everything they owned burn.

"It was, it was very scary. It was a little overwhelming, I don't know, we didn't really know what to expect of it," said Havenridge.

From October 6th to October 12th, firefighters are taking the time to remind the public on ways to prevent fires. Papillion Fire Department Lt. David Bahl said this time of year is when they see a spike in fires. When the weather turns cold, people turn to the furnace.

"Furnances are being fired up as we speak. Something that we recommend is that you have those furnances inspected by a licensed heating and air contractor," said Lt. Bahl.

Heating equipment is the second cause of home fires. But a human habit is know for the leading cause of home fire deaths.

Lit cigarettes can be a huge problem no matter the time of year. Firefighters say the problem - people don't put them out completely.

Fire investigators said it was a lit cigarette that caused the Hillsborough fire. Havenridge and her husband are well aware of the dangers of cigarettes. That's why they keep a cigarette disposing container, instead of using a trash can.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires in half. Firefighters said the best time of year to check your smoke detector is on day light savings, which is November 3rd.

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