The winter months are typically the busiest for firefighters because of unsafe heat sources.
As we are in the midst of some of the coldest temperatures of the year some people have begun to use alternative sources of heat such as stoves and space heater.
“Unfortunately we’ve been on a few scenes lately and we’ve gone in the house feels quite warm, we walk in and their electric stove, gas stove, is going full tilt. That’s not a good source of heat,” said Zanesville Fire Department Lieutenant, Doug Hobson.
With the added danger of cold weather, it’s more difficult for fire fighters to get to your home if a fire does occur. They need your help to cut down on winter roadblocks when it comes to fire hydrants.
“Shovel them out, if a hydrant falls on your property and you can shovel it out it’s going to make life a lot easier for us when we get there to hook up to a fire hydrant,” said Hobson. “We have to track a five foot hose to every hydrant and if we could get those cleaned out by the public that would make it a lot easier for us.”
Hobson also informed us that one very real issue this winter is carbon monoxide poisoning. He urges everyone to buy a carbon monoxide detector and be sure it is working properly.