CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) — They rescue you from your cars and your homes. So firefighters went to Canfield this weekend to learn about how to save lives when dealing with new technology in those cars and homes.
Hundreds of firefighters packed the conference center at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center for the annual symposium. Fire chiefs and other volunteers came to learn about what’s new in fire safety. Sunday’s speaker said modern fire behavior can make emergencies even more dangerous.
“It’s all petrochemically based. Fires are dynamically more aggressive in their nature than they ever were before. Fifty years ago, when I was a kid, you had 10-15 minutes to get out of your house if you had a fire. Today you have 15 seconds,” said Fire Chief Bobby Halton, Canfield Fire District.
Chief Halton also said the two most important parts of fire safety are to have working smoke detectors and an exit plan from your home. And in winter time, clean your chimney and keep any flammable items more than three feet away from a space heater.