By Brian Schroeder, Morning Meteorologist-reporter - email
The weather has turned colder, and people are using their furnaces, fire places and space heaters more. This means house fires increase. This is National Fire Prevention Week and members of the Lima Fire Department are making the rounds to local schools to teach kids about fire prevention and fire safety.
Inspector Chris Jackson instructed kids about the "three outs" of fire safety: check it out-find out if there is an emergency, get out- have two escape routes, and stay out, have a designated spot where everybody meets once they're out of the house. The occurrence of house fires and fire related deaths shows the need for this education.
Inspector Jackson stressed the importance of having and maintaining a smoke detector. He added you should test your smoke detector once a month, and change the batteries twice a year.