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Fire Prevention Week

Maxine Ridling
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Fires are far too common at this time of year according to local officials. As more and more people crank up their heaters, the fire department responds to more and more fires.

At around 9:30pm  last night The Amarillo Fire Department responded to the 700 block of North Garfield on a reported structure fire. By the time they got there it was too late and fire officials say it could have been prevented.

"People don't change their fire alarms until they chirp which is sometimes too late, so we recommend they change them every time you change your clocks," The Amarillo Police Department Captain Bob Johnson said.

Besides changing the batteries in your smoke detectors Captain Johnson says people also need to check their heaters.

"It's starting to be winter, as it gets colder traditionally more fires occur because of heating equipment there are also more carbon monoxide calls because people close their house up and start using heat equipment," Johnson says.

As you start to use your heater, local technicians say make sure to check the furnace closet.

"People who use a furnace closet as a storage closet, shouldn't," Scott Co. Jim Craig says, "We see fires all the time that are started because people leave stuff in that closet."

If you are using a portable heating unit make sure to keep it at least three feet away from anything flammable.

"Heating equipment is the #1 cause of house fires during the winter months," Captain Johnson says, "So it's a good idea to make sure your heating equipment is working properly."

As part of national fire prevention week, The Amarillo Fire Department is going to Elementary Schools all over the area reminding kids what to do if a fire breaks out in their home.

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