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Number of house fires rise across Georgia

Number of house fires rise across Georgia
Number of house fires rise across Georgia
Posted at 2:44 AM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 21:59:22-05

(WTXL) - According to the American Red Cross, this month alone there have been close to 20 house fires a day spread across Georgia

Officials say the increase in fires is not uncommon during this time of the year.

Red Cross representatives say cooking is the number one reason for house fires.

With the cold weather, folks are using candles and space heaters more often as well, which he says is also a reason we see fires more often this time of year.

"Typically we are responding anywhere from two or three here in Southwest Georgia on any given day in the cold seasons, especially in the late fall early winter and spring we can see that. We've had house fires, as many as 12 in a 24-hour period here in Southwest Georgia in the past two years, since I've been here."

He says he want to remind folks to check their smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and make sure to have an escape plan suitable for you and your family.