Burton Fire urging safety after 2 house fires

Burton Fire urging safety after 2 house fires

BURTON, S.C. (WTOC) - We are just one week into 2021 and the Burton Fire District has already responded to several fires. Their warnings for how you can stay safe, especially in the kitchen and with home maintenance.

The Burton Fire District has already responded to two house fires and one car fire this year. One caused by cooking, the other caused by issues with a heating and air unit. They say fire dangers spike in the winter.

“It’s Starting off as a difficult year although 2020 we ended 2020 with a fire, a very serious fire injury, and started 2020 with a fire fatality so this is a dangerous time of the year,” said Burton Fire Captain Dan Byrne.

And even though everyone loves to see the occasional fire truck, if you want to avoid seeing the Burton Fire District show up to your home, they have a few tips.

Cooking is one of the main causes of house fires in the U.S. The Burton Fire District says the grease fire they responded to earlier this week could have been prevented or limited if the victim had had a pan lid or fire extinguisher accessible.

The other fire, caused by an HVAC system, could have been prevented with professional care to the system. They say that is why it’s so important you never try to fix mechanical or electrical issues your self.

“So, if you are having issues with the HVAC it’s not something obvious that can be fixed, it’s a mechanical issue, you find yourself taking out screwdrivers and pliers to fix it, no. Get a qualified electrician because those fires, while they don’t happen a lot, they do cause a lot of damage because they are up in the attic, around the insulation, where the fire can really get going before were able to get water on it.”

The district also says if you haven’t checked your smoke alarms this year just yet make sure you do so. And, if you don’t have one, you can contact your local fire department and get one for free.

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