As part of the dry climate and cold season, Amarillo has seen an increase in fires.
Since January of this year, AfD forces have responded to 346 fires. Of these fires, 82 were building fires, 12 fence fires, 20 cooking fires, 21 garbage fires, 23 vehicle fires, 34 grass fires, 76 garbage or outdoor garbage fires, 42 dumpster fires, and five were chimney fires, among other things.
With this increase in dangerous incidents, the Amarillo Fire Department has shared some safety tips to keep your family and home safe in the event of a fire.
According to AFD Community Liaison Officer Jeff Justus, many of the outdoor dumpster and dumpster fires are a result of the homeless population trying to keep warm this winter.
“A lot of our fires lately have been caused by homeless people so I would ask people to be vigilant, vigilant and vigilant – if you see anyone entering an abandoned property please call the authorities,” Justus said.
In preparation for the dry season, the AFD is asking people to protect the outside of their homes by ensuring all vegetation is trimmed and watered where possible to reduce the likelihood of a fire near the home and to clear debris or dry vegetation under decks or in corners and tight spaces. The AFD asks that you be careful when grilling on windy days and not leave it unattended.
“On the outside of your home, you want to remove all of your trees and vegetation, bushes, shrubs, grass, the gutter and any extra dry debris. That’s the most important part of your house within the 30-foot radius,” Jupiter said.
House precautions include never using an oven or stovetop to heat your home, plugging all space heaters into an outlet and never an extension cord, and making sure there are no combustible materials within three feet of the heater. If possible, use a heater with an anti-tilt function. When cooking, never leave food unattended and never let a child cook unattended. Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires in Amarillo, according to AFD.
Regarding wildfire prevention and mindfulness, individuals are asked to ensure that there is no material hanging from your vehicle such as: B. Chains that could cause sparks. do not throw cigarette butts out of the window; avoid parking a vehicle in tall grass whenever possible; Use caution when welding outdoors and keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
In the event of a fire, AFD encourages families and individuals to practice a “set, set, go” plan. Be prepared by preparing a travel bag containing important documents, food, water, medicine and first aid. Create an escape plan and determine the best escape routes in the event of a fire. and implement this plan in the event of a fire.
“If you have a fire in your home, just get out as soon as possible, stay outside, call 911 and let us get the job done. … When we get there, our top priority every time is that Search and rescue”, said Justus called. “Don’t go back to get your pets and make sure you have working smoke detectors and a ‘set, set, go’ plan.”