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Tips to Keep Firefighters Safe While Fighting Fires

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While firefighters have been busy battling wildfires, it's good to remember that house fires can start just as easily. While firefighters have been busy battling wildfires, it's good to remember that house fires can start just as easily.
BENTON COUNTY, WA - If you've been watching the news this past week, it's no surprise to you that we are officially in fire season.

While firefighters have been busy battling wildfires, it's good to remember that house fires can start just as easily. 

To help our firefighters out and keep them safe, there's several things you can do to help protect them and your home. Benton County Fire District One Captain Devin Helland tells us that he cannot stress enough that the most important thing to keep your home safe is a working smoke detector. 

As for helping firefighters efficiently save your home and your family put something in your window listing what animals you have, keep a list of things that can explode in your house and tell firefighters where those things are, and make sure your address is clearly marked so firefighters can find it easily. 

"Seconds count, and if we have to keep calling dispatch to try and find a description of your house or find out exactly which house it is or have somebody send out a flagger to find us, that could be taking someone's life," Helland explained. 

Helland says a good rule of thumb is if a pizza delivery man has ever had a problem finding your house, so will firemen.

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