GJFD says winter months are common for house fires
The city says even in the winter, you need to be careful when it comes to fire danger.
In fact, the fire department wants to remind people that the winter months are actually the *most* common for house fires. They say after looking at numbers this year, house fires are up slightly. But to make sure you are keeping your family safe there are some steps you can take.
"Do an exit drill at your house, do a fire drill with your family. Kids do them at schools all the time but as we saw yesterday, schools don't burn, houses do," says Community Outreach Specialist, Ellis Thompson-Ellis.
They say it's also crucial to have working smoke detectors. It's recommended to check your detectors once a month to make sure they are working properly. It's also recommended you change the batteries every six months. Detectors should be replaced every ten years.