Fighting fires in cold temperatures can bring additional dangers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
Just because it's cold, doesn't mean tragedies stop happening.
"This is actually one of our busiest fire seasons," Springfield Fire Captain Jake English said.
As blazes happen in the winter, some unexpected difficulties can occur.
"Getting to the fire is obviously hard. Road conditions, any kind of traffic accidents on the way there, ice, snow," English said.
While it may take a little longer for the crews to get there, they said it is all for safety.
However, the icy and cold conditions are prompting firefighters to remind people to take extra precautions during the winter.
"All the products that can combust. All the sources of ignition inside your house; candles, Christmas lights, and you know, everybody's cooking, furnaces, and space heaters," English said.
Taking extra precautions will help to ensure there are no added difficulties for firefighters while doing their job.
"Once we do apply water to the fire or around the fire, we have ice everywhere and we do have members that have been hurt before falling on ice," English said.
Firefighters said they also advise people to not gather nearby. With icy conditions, it could lead to someone slipping and getting injured, leading to another possible injury.
English said he has known of firefighters to even slip and get injured as the conditions get icy.
Residents commend firefighters for helping to save lives as well as keeping the community safe and grateful for their services.
"I didn't sleep because of it, because I knew those people were working in the cold, so thank you for your help," Lauren Boente, a Springfield resident, said.