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TFD offering fire prevention training

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

According to Toledo Fire and Rescue, if you live in a manufactured home, your chance of dying in a fire is increased by nearly 50 percent.

One of the most tragic fires in recent years in a manufactured home happened last September in Tiffin. The blaze claimed the lives of five young children and one adult.

Toledo firefighter Jamie Ferguson doesn't want to see that happen again. So, he met with dozens of residents at the Bel Aire Manufactured Home Park on Nebraska Avenue.

"We have smoke that can travel a complete structure very quickly in some of these old homes. They're small but the product burning is going to emit a lot of toxic gases. And it would be very easy to be overcome by those fumes," said Ferguson.

Ferguson says the leading cause of residential fires, especially in manufactured homes, is unattended cooking.
  
"It's just a way for us to measure what people know about fire safety," Ferguson explained to the crowd Wednesday evening.

Ferguson warned to never walk away from the food on their stove in their homes, fall asleep, or get distracted.
    
Residents say they took the warning seriously.

"I don't have a regular stove. I use just those double burners and, I don't know, they get oily sometimes so the pans will slide. So it's always something. There are a lot of dangers that lie with cooking," said Amber Willmarth.

Those who participated in the training all received a free smoke detector. Toledo firefighters even installed the detectors inside their homes. The training was paid for by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more, visit http://www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-greater-toledo.

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