Cold weather brings fire potential


By Diane Blakemore - dblakemore@civitasmedia.com



PINNACLE — The Pilot Knob Fire Department answered the call to a structure fire on Sunday. With one person transported for medical care, citizens are reminded of the importance of fire safety.

Although the fire is still under investigation by the Surry County Fire Marshall, it appeared that the use of the fireplace was involved. Pilot Knob Fire Chief, Derrick Manuel, stated, “we generally see more calls this time of year with people beginning to use fireplaces and wood stoves as heat sources.”

Manuel suggests having chimneys cleaned and checked for structural integrity annually, noting the frequency of chimney fires. When using open heat sources, be sure the area is clear of all flammable items, use a grate to block embers, and have a fire extinguisher handy. Additionally, smoke detectors should be tested monthly, replacing batteries at least twice per year.

During school fire safety visits, Manuel reminds students to have a plan. “Talk to kids about a meeting place outside,” he said, noting that young children often hide from a fire in a closet or bathtub making it hard for rescuers to reach them.

According to Manuel, Sunday’s victim sustained no serious injuries, and is doing fine.

Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.

By Diane Blakemore

dblakemore@civitasmedia.com

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