Several recent fires in the Coulee Region and the Chippewa Valley have local firefighters urging the public to check their smoke detectors. Fox 25 48’s Erin O’Brien has more fire safety tips from the La Crosse fire department.
It had been three years without a fatal fire in La Crosse. But this month, there have been two.
We’ve had actually a slowdown in fires over the last two years, generally we do have about 40 investigated fires a year, the last couple years we were at the low 20s so we did have a good couple years, obviously we’re not off to a good start this year.
A 65 year old woman died last Monday after a fire on Hass street.
And just yesterday, firefighters found a deceased man while responding to a fire on Scarlett drive.
I don’t believe the smoke detector alarmed for a long period of time which may have been an indication that it had an old battery in it.
A fire last Tuesday on Rose Street in La Crosse, later ruled an arson, displaced residents of the four unit apartment building, and another fire Saturday in an apartment building in Lake Hallie displaced 12 people.
The Red Cross says they’re working in La Crosse and Eau Claire to help people install smoke detectors.
Experts say that in as little as five minutes that your home can be completely engulfed which means you and your family may have as little as two minutes to evacuate the home.
Their goal is to install 2500 smoke detectors throughout Wisconsin.
In addition to smoke detectors, the La Crosse fire department also suggests the use of resident sprinklers. Though not required by law in Wisconsin, they say they’re the best defense against house fires.
There are a number of states right now that are making residential sprinklers law. If you have a fire in a living room or a hallway or a bedroom, that sprinkler’s going to discharge and contain that fire and help everybody escape until the fire department can show up and take care of the rest of the problem.
They also suggest having an escape plan and practicing it regularly. In La Crosse, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25 48 news at 9.