Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon called Madison and Shepherd this morning to talk about heating fire safety as we prepare for another round of cold weather.

Mayor Herndon wanted to remind us that According to the U.S. Fire Administration,

Each year fire claims the lives of 3,400 Americans, injures 17,500, and causes billions of dollars worth of damage. People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural areas.

All heating equipment needs space. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away. Supervise children whenever a wood stove or space heater is being used. Have a three-foot "kid-free" zone around open fires and space heaters.

 

In 2013, 71 people died in home fires in our state. There have been 21 fire related deaths in Alabama already this year. Be Safe - Be Smart.

Join Madison and Shepherd tomorrow morning at 9:15 as we talk with Northport Fire Chief Bart Marshall about the importance of heating fire safety.

The Fire Department is very community oriented and is always happy to visit area schools for talks and programs.