Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:58

Fire prevention week Featured

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BANGOR - Having a fire in your home is something most of us don't want to think about.

Planning for it can save your life. You may have as little as two minutes to get out.

 

This is the time of year when home fires start to increase. It coincides with fire prevention week.

 

Jake Johnson the public education officer said "People know how to get out, but also that they have to have two ways out. Maybe a door or maybe a window."

 

These days most construction in homes can be an issue. Newer homes tends to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, which increase home fires. Newer homes also use truss construction and engineer type woods which tend to burn faster and hotter.

 

Johnson said "And I understand why people use them it's also very much affordable and they have great strength to them."

 

The homes with that type of construction can be a health hazard for firefighters. "A home fire is just a totally different thing just because it has all this noxious stuff in it that really is dangerous and deadly" said Johnson.

 

People also need to remember to change their smoke detector batteries. "Time to do that is when you change your clocks is generally what we tell people. Change your clocks change your batteries."

 

You also have to change the entire smoke detector every ten years. Just like anything else they get a little less reliable after ten years.

 

Johnson said "If you have a yellow detector and it was put up in 1986 it's definitely well past the time to replace it."

 

Shonna Narine

Reporter
snarine@wvii.com

Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills Long Island where she anchored for their TV Club, and had her own radio show called "All Access Entertainment."

She won an outstanding achievement award and graduated on the dean's list.

Prior to graduation Shonna interned at News12 Long Island.

Shonna comes from a big family. With three older sisters, her parents, and six nieces and nephews there's never a dull moment when she's around them. When she's not working she enjoys working out, dancing, spending time with her fiance, and planning her wedding! Shonna would love to hear if you have any story ideas. You can email her at snarine@wvii.com.