An Iowa fire department issues safety reminders after seven recent fire deaths

Four children die in Mason City house fire
Four children die in Mason City house fire(KTTC)
Published: Nov. 20, 2022 at 11:47 AM CST
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The Iowa State Fire Marshall recorded SEVEN fire fatalities during last week’s cold temperature, including four children who died in a Mason City house fire. 

Cedar Falls Fire Rescue would like to remind Iowans of some basic fire safety information concerning smoke alarms and portable heaters.

SMOKE ALARMS

· Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

· Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.

· Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.

· Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms annually.

· Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

PORTABLE HEATERS

· Children and pets should not sit closer than three feet in front of a space heater.

· Always place space heaters on a solid, flat surface and at least three (3) feet away from any item that burns.

· Avoid placing heaters near curtains, tablecloths or other flapping fabrics.

· Always make sure your space heater has an automatic shut off switch, which forces the heater to shut-off as soon as it reaches a dangerously high heat level

· Inspect your space heater routinely for cracked or damaged cords and plugs.

· Never plug space heaters into extension cords or power strips; always plug directly into wall outlets.

If you or a member of your family have any questions concerning fire safety please reach out to your local fire department.