Eight children and their mother were killed in an early morning house fire in western Kentucky yesterday, with only the injured father and an 11-year-old girl escaping, Kentucky State Police said.
According to authorities, eight of the people were found in a master bedroom while the ninth person was found between 10 and 15 feet away. They said the fire started accidentally with combustible material against an electric heater in a bedroom.
Tragedies like this remind all of us of the importance of the precautions we need to take while heating our homes.
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
More information on heating safety is provided through the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign sponsored by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration. NFPA’s Winter Freeze Checklist provides tips for addressing the cold. In addition, our heating safety information, heating safety tips sheet and videos provide valuable tools.