By Kent Berkley
Area fire departments have been extra busy fighting fires during the holidays. This does not come as a surprise to Southern Door Fire Chief Chuck Cihlar. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths and half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Fire Chief Cihlar says we tend to push our heating devises to the limit during these months and that this practice can cause problems.
Fire Chief Cihlar says it is wise to take some simple precautions such as keeping flammable items away from heaters and turning portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. He emphasized that smoke alarms save lives, but only if the batteries have life and the alarm is functional.