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Wood Stove Causes House Fire Near Bothwell

Wood Stove Causes House Fire Near Bothwell”

"What we recommend is that when you change your clocks, change your batteries, and then you'll do it twice a year, once in the spring, once in the fall, to make sure you and your family are protected from the effects of smoke and carbon monoxide", said Jack Burt, assistant deputy fire chief.

"We encourage all residents to ensure their home heating appliances and chimneys are safe by cleaning and having them inspected annually".

The blaze near Haggerty Rd. and Johnston Rd. caused $186,000 in damage.

No one was at home at the time of fire and the residence had working smoke alarms, according to the fire department.

"We cannot stress enough the importance of having working alarms - early detection is key - you may have less than two minutes to escape safely", said fire public education Whitney Burk. "Early detection is key and you may have less than two minutes to escape safely".

As temperatures drop and Daylight Savings Time comes to an end on Sunday, the Iowa Public Health Tracking program wants to bring awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide by providing information, data and resources to remind Iowans to take action to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home near every sleeping area and change the batteries every six months.

Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbecues or stoves.



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