As temperatures dip down into freezing across west Kentucky, firefighters are battling more structure fires.
Richard Peddicord is the Assistant Director for the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s office. He said it’s normal for winter weather to spark more fires as people often sacrifice safety when trying to stay warm.
“If the people are using portable heaters they’re not following manufacturer's recommendations of keeping them clear of ignitable or combustible material.” Peddicord said.
Peddicord said another risk is associated with chimneys. He recommends people have their chimneys regularly inspected and cleaned.
He said fires in the wintertime are taxing on firefighters and their equipment, and recommends people follow the prevention guidelines on the Kentucky Fire Marshal Facebook page.