Fire prevention and safety tips from the Knoxville Fire Department

Sunday marked the start of National Fire Prevention Week.

KNOXVILLE - National Fire Prevention Week started Sunday, and the Knoxville Fire Department is prioritizing safety at this time of year.

KFD Capt. D.J. Corcoran said the most important thing he wants people to do is get their fire alarms checked.

"There is no better feeling as a firefighter than showing up to a house, and seeing a family standing outside because that means their fire alarm worked, and got them out in time," Corcoran said.

Corcoran also said fireplaces and space heaters are especially hazardous in early fall.

"They haven't been turned on since last year, so people kind of forget about them," Corcoran said. "Make sure no furniture is pushed up against heaters, and make sure everything is at least three feet away from fireplaces."

Before using a fireplace, Corcoran said to do a chimney sweep. Corcoran advises using hardwood when burning, not green or wet wood.

KFD is holding a special ceremony on Wednesday to honor firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since the department's creation in 1875, a total of 24 KFD firefighters have lost their lives while serving.

The ceremony also honors men and women who have retired. It begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park at 600 Summit Ave.

The event "Evening with the Firefighters" is set from 5 - 9 p.m. Thursday in Knoxville's Market Square. Firefighters will demonstrate CPR, go over how to use a fire extinguisher and business owners can ask questions regarding fire safety in the work place.

National Fire Prevention Week runs through Saturday.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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