7/10/18 - Fire Safety

7/10/18 - Fire Safety

By Chris Conroy
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager

My wife and I have really enjoyed buying and working on an historic home here in the Heartland. But after being in the home for several months, we made a concerning discovery.  When we checked the smoke alarms, not a single one worked. Upon the discovery, we made it a priority to put up new smoke alarms.

Instinct tells me that our home would burn faster back when it was built than it would now because of advancements in materials and technology...not so fast. This Thursday, Journalist Justin Fischer talks to Heartland firefighters about safety in today's homes, the need for an escape plan, and a detailed look at why homes can burn faster now then they did just 10 years ago.

When discussing this story with my wife, we realized, we didn't have a plan to get out of the house during a fire or disaster situation.  And let's be honest with ourselves, we are all busy and the idea of an escape plan and meeting place is an "out of sight, out of mind" idea to most of us.

I encourage you to watch Justin Fischer's special report this Thursday on Heartland News at Six. This one is not your typical fire safety story. It has so much useful information about why today's homes require more attention and what you can do about it. Taking time to make fire safety a priority for your family could save lives and make this A Better Heartland.

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