State Fire Marshal, Fire Service Urge You to Be Fire Smart During Extreme Cold
COLUMBIA, S.C. - January 7, 2015 - As temperatures drop, State Fire Marshal Bert Polk and the state’s fire service are asking for your help in protecting yourself, your loved ones, and others you know who may be most vulnerable to fire tragedy.
“We know that with lower temperatures, people are going to use whatever means they have to stay warm, and unfortunately, that is when we see fire deaths increase,” Polk said. “With everyone’s help, we can prevent these needless tragedies.”
Historically, fire deaths increase about 63% in the winter months (December-March).
Governor Nikki Haley is echoing the State Fire Marshal’s plea.
“One fire death is one too many,” Haley said. “With the cold winter months ahead of us, we ask that you help us make every day a great day in South Carolina by using the fire tips offered by our state’s fire service to be as safe as possible while trying to keep warm. We also ask that people around the state take the time to check on friends and neighbors who may be elderly or in need of assistance to make sure they are safe from fire hazards.”