Keeping Your Home Safe From Fire Hazards

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - What's keeping your house from going up in smoke in the event of a major fire? The Midland Fire Department is sniffing out all of those fire dangers for National Fire Prevention Week. They said there are simple steps you can take to keep your home from becoming kindling.

When NewsWest 9 traveled with the Midland Fire Marshal Monday, our cameras spotted so many fire hazards around the Midland Area. It included piles of debris and other material, tall weeds, and all other kinds of potential dangers. And they are really trying to get the word out about those kinds of fire hazards.

"So we encourage the residents now, now is the time to act, don't wait until after the fire starts. Get those weeds cut down. And take care of your vacant lots. And keep them mowed," said Fire Marshal Jeff Meiner.

For the Midland Fire Department the message is clear: Get rid of those weeds, because they want to make sure your house is safe from the outside in.

In addition to making sure you have working smoke alarms in your home, it's also important to make sure you have a couple of other exit points. A nearby window or a balcony could help just in case the front door gets blocked.

"That's one of the things you look at in the plan, especially if you have elderly people living in your home or younger children, those are the ones that die mostly in the home fires," explained Meiner.

So having an escape route already planned is the best way to make sure your family gets out safe if there's a fire. And with National Fire Prevention week in full swing, firemen here, want to make sure, you don't let your weeds end up in smoke.

"We are getting to that grassfire season, and there is an abundance of grass this year, and we encourage people to mow the grass, cut the weeds down, get them away from their homes, and just make their homes fire safe on the outside," said Meiner.

The Midland Fire Department is hosting different activities at the fire station all week long. They are also teaching kids about fire safety.