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Avoiding Tragedy: Taking Precautions to Avoid Fires

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WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) –  In just six days, seven people in West Virginia have died in separate fires.

The National Fire Protection Association says the leading causes of home fires and home fire injuries is cooking equipment and heating equipment.

Although some fires are inevitable, there are ways to take precaution. If a fire does occur, officials say you can still make sure everyone makes it out safely.

“Number one, make sure your smoke detectors are working and they’re placed properly,” said Hinton assistant fire chief Steve Pack. “The fire department has gone through the community for people who wanted to sign up through the American Red Cross.”

Pack also recommended carbon monoxide detectors for those who have gas appliances. 



Kassie Simmons

Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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