Neighborhood Watch group discusses fire safety

Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

November 13, 2013

How to avoid holiday home fires was one of the topics of interest during the Clover Fork Neighborhood Watch regular monthly meeting.

Red Cross Disaster Services Coordinator Coy Prichard spoke to the watch members about disaster relief and other duties performed by the Red Cross.

Prichard said people who call the Red Cross often have just lost all their possessions in fires, floods or other disasters.

“It’s a good feeling, whenever you can help them,” said Prichard. “No disaster is a small disaster.”

Prichard spoke at length about fire prevention and safety, focusing on fires that occur over the holiday period.

Prichard said that fires are more common during the holidays.

According to Red Cross information supplied by Prichard, one of every 22 home fires started by Christmas trees result in a death, while fires started by candles are four times as likely during the winter holidays.

“Walk around the house and look,” said Prichard. “If you’ve got extension cords running underneath a rug people walk across, that’s not good. If you’ve got eight or 10 plugs in an outlet that’s supposed to have two, that’s not good.”

Prichard said to keep 3 feet of empty space around any space heater.

According to watch member Preston McClain, the Neighborhood Watch group meets every month to discuss things such as how to detect scams, tips on testifying in court, and how to pay attention to details that could be important.

The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 2, and is open to the public.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, jasher@civitasmedia.com