Now that cold weather is settling in, people should take the time to think about fire safety.
Home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. The U.S. Fire Administration says this is due, in part, to an increase in cooking and heating fires.
This newspaper published a story about a cooking fire this week. On Tuesday, a grease fire severely damaged a Meco home, which was occupied by eight people, according to fire officials. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Local residents should be ready for the chilly season and do everything they can to prevent fires in the home.
Here are some fire-safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:
People also should have an escape route planned in case of the worst.