Price City Fire Chief Paul Bedont recently spoke at the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon to discuss fire danger in the area.
According to Bedont, weather conditions in the area are currently perfect for wildfires. Although there are no active wildfires in Carbon County, conditions are predicted to become drier in the month of August.
With increased risk of fire, the fire chief stressed the importance of having smoke alarms with charged batteries as well as fire extinguishers that are working properly. He also stated that 96% of people that die in fires are killed from smoke inhalation, not from heat and flames. There were approximately 3,000 deaths from fire in the United States in 2011.
Other notes from Bedont’s speech were the importance of having a meeting place for family in case of a house fire and taking fire precautions such as unplugging extension cords when not in use.
Full-time firefighters as well are volunteers are trained often on proper procedures and lifesaving techniques to perform the best services to members of the community. In Carbon County, the average response time of firefighters is five minutes.
Also at the luncheon, Symbi Home Health and Hospice was honored as the Carbon County Business of the Month.