Fire safety tips can save your home and family

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Today marks the last day of National Fire Prevention Week, and this year's theme is protect your family from fires.

Firefighters in Floyd County suited up and taught kids fire safety tips.

Kids in Betsy Layne learned more than how to stop, drop, and roll. They learned how to prevent fires from happening.

"Try to tell them not to play with matches, not play with the outlets, always blow out the candles and just try to make sure they are as safe as possible in the house," said Misty Pugh, a mother of two who lives in Betsy Layne.

Misty and her husband, who is a firefighter, remind their kids of these fire safety rules so history will not repeat itself.

"When I was in high school, my house burnt down. And it was the most tragic experience for me and my family," said Misty.

Electrical fires, like the one Misty's family experienced, are common.

Preventive measures can keep the flames from even starting this time of year.

"You need to have your filters changed in your furnaces. And have them inspected, at least cleaned before you turn them on just for fire safety," said Bobby Slone, the Betsy Layne Fire Department Captain.

Fire officials say the build up of dust and objects too close to these units can cause a fire.

Not only parents can protect their homes from fires. Kids can also learn about fire safety.

When a fire does strike, helpful tips can keep everyone safe.

"Always have two ways out of the home. Make sure you practice that regularly. And make sure you always change the batteries regularly on your fire alarms," said Danny Keen, a firefighter at the Betsy Layne Fire Department.

The Betsy Layne Fire Department also celebrated their Fire Chief Eddie Clark's 40 years of service at the station.

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