Kodiak might not have to worry about wildfires like some parts of the state, but Bayside Fire Department Chief Bob Himes says residents need to be diligent in fireproofing their home, and that October, which is Fire Prevention Month, is a good time to do that.
— (Fire 1 :15 sec "Keep your chimneys cleaned, have your furnaces checked, if you have a mobile electrical heating system be sure it has a safety switch in case it falls over, make sure they aren’t near curtains or other combustible. And smoking in bed is a no-no.")
October is Fire Prevention Month and local fire departments are reaching out to the community. Himes says ideally firefighters would get to spend more time on prevention.
— (Fire 2 :9 sec "It’s my desire to put us out of business. I don’t like to going to houses to put fires out and unfortunately we’ve had some loss of life due to fires here in Kodiak. It’s no fun.")
Himes says that if residents need any help making their house safer, they can call their local fire department. He says the Bayside department can provide brushes for chimney sweeping which – like dental cleanings- should be done twice a year. They also provide free home inspections to help identify fire hazards.