Macon-Bibb Fire Department gives tips during ‘Fire Prevention Week’


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – What would you do if there’s a fire in your home? The Macon-Bibb Fire Department is encouraging everyone to have a plan just in case.

Before you become victim of a house fire, stop drop and listen!

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Chief Brenda Thomas with The Macon-Bibb Fire Department says, “There’s a lot of things that people just don’t know so our job is to get out there and educate them the best way we can.”

Fire fighters are using this week to tell people what to do in case of a fire. Their message during this year’s fire prevention week is ‘every second counts, have two ways out.’

Thomas adds, “Doors and windows are ways out. So if you have a place in your home where you have doors and windows, doors are the primary way because they lead right out. Actually for the majority of the time, you can get your family out, and go out the front door.If that way is blocked or something is going on with it, you go to have another way out.”

Last year, Macon-Bibb County had a total of 10 house fire deaths. Since then, those numbers have decreased. This year, two people have died in house fires, including a 74 year man who was found in his kitchen.

“Those fires are still under investigation but again most fire deaths that we have, they are in homes without a working smoke alarm and a fire escape plan,” Thomas explains.

Fire officials say the most common factors are overloading outlets, burning candles, heating equipment such as space heaters close to things that can easily catch fire, and accidents involving kids in the kitchen or near hazardous equipment.

So before you or a loved one experiences a fire in your home, be sure to make a checklist to make sure you have a working smoke alarm and two plans of exiting the home. Firefighters will be at Chic-fil A on Zebulon and Brookhaven roads from 5pm until 7pm on Tuesday promoting safety. They’ll be at the Macon Mall from noon to 8pm Wednesday through Friday.

The Macon-Bibb Fire Department will also host a Touch-A-Truck event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at La Parilla at The Shoppes at River Crossing.

If anyone needs a smoke detector, contact your local fire department and they will install one for free. Coroner Leon Jones is also installing them for free. You can reach him at (478) 256-6716.