New Haven fire chief John Alston walks us through fire safety features every home needs.
“Many times especially during the winter we start to see more fires because people are inside more. They are trying to keep warm. They are cooking inside more so those activities drive our business. What’s safe for us is to make sure you attend to what you are cooking. Make sure that you don’t leave the room. You don’t go watch TV while you are in here cooking. You need to stay in here while that gas and that electric and heat is on.” said Alston.
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Most of the time they respond to careless cooking calls. “We have a lot of cooking fires that we respond to but carbon monoxide is an issue too because when we are cooking, we are creating vapors and gases.” Chief Alston, said, “As we look into this older home, you see the older fire places where energy efficient gas inserts are in. They are still utilizing the same chimney system, so it is important whether you have the gas insert or whether you are burning wood every year before you use it you should have it maintained by a licensed chimney sweep.”
Chief Alston added the more smoke and CO detectors the better. “How high should you place those smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors? Depending on the construction we want them at least 6 to 8 inches below the ceiling level,” he said. Chief Alston told NEWS8 dual CO and smoke detectors are a win win. “Because now they are detecting two different things one is detecting gas emissions and the other one is detecting smoke,” said Alston.