Thursday, June 20 2013 5:01 AM EDT2013-06-20 09:01:31 GMT
A Warrick County man is dead following a canoe accident in Harrison County. It's the second death in the Blue River this week. Indiana conservation officers say 69-year-old William Chappell of BoonvilleMore >>
Indiana conservation officers say 69-year-old William Chappell of Boonville was canoeing with his wife Wednesday when they struck a log and flipped over.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:30 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:30:38 GMT
It happened around 2:30 this morning at the kangaroo express on south kentucky. You can see a heavy police presence at the scene. Officers say a white male in his late 20's, early 30's walked into theMore >>
Officers say the suspect walked into the gas station, implied he a weapon and demanded cash.More >>
A tropical depression has formed off the coast of Belize and forecasters say it is expected to bring as much as five inches of rain to parts of Belize, Guatemala and northern Honduras.More >>
Tropical Storm Barry bore down on Mexico's Gulf Coast early Thursday as civil defense workers readied emergency shelters and forecasters warned of the possibility of deadly flash floods and mudslides.More >>
Singapore urged people to remain indoors amid unprecedented levels of air pollution Thursday as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools...More >>
Singapore urged people to remain indoors amid unprecedented levels of air pollution Thursday as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools and...More >>
TRI-STATE (WFIE) -
One month ago, a house fire killed three people in Mount Vernon. 27-year-old Amanda Robb, her 5-year-old daughter, Aubrey, and her nephew, Bailey, were unable to escape after lint in a filter ignited.
In the past few months, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky have all seen families affected by deadly house fires.
14 News worked with the Princeton Fire Department to learn the ins and outs of fire safety to give you some tips to prevent house fires, and what you can do after they break out.
Princeton Fire investigator Tim Speedy has seen it all.
"Before in your house, most of your products were wood. Certain kind of smoke, certain kind of fire spread," Speedy said.
But lately, Speedy says things have changed. Technology is changing the way fires start, burn, and how they can be extinguished.
"Everything is plastic. The fire spread is incredibly fast, incredibly hot. The smoke is very toxic," Speedy said.
Since November, there have been at least six fire deaths in the Tri-State, and nationally, statistics show a structure fire breaks out nearly every minute.
"If they would have had a working smoke detector. If not would have not overloaded an outlet, if they would have done something that act wouldn't have happened. So it's kind of a hard pill to swallow," Speedy said.
In the home, electrical fires are among the top five leading causes.
Princeton Dire Chief Mike Pflug has more than 20 years of experience. He warns about the danger of overloaded electric outlets and extension cords.
"They come in variable lengths, up to ten feet long. Then they'll plug three or four appliances into the end of it that shouldn't be plugged into an extension cord at all," Pflug said.
Not every fire is the same and trying to extinguish them the wrong way can be even more dangerous than the flames.
Pflug warns never put water on a metal fire.
"Magnesium is reactive to water and causes a violent reaction actually," Pflug said.
Water added to a grease fire will just make it worse, a lot worse.
"One cup of water on a grease fire will essentially make 17,000 cups of steam," Pflug said.
Instead, experts say, grab the pan's lid.
"If you slam it down on there, it's going to force air into it and that in turn will make it splash out. So it's easier just to stay back, slide it on there, shut if off, and just leave it alone," Princeton Fire Captain Kevin McKannan said.
National statistics show cooking fires are the number one cause of house fires and unattended cooking ranks at the top. Speedy says it's getting worse.
"I don't know if people get distracted by electronics or kids or cell phone calls," Speedy said.
Once a fire breaks out, knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can minimize damage, and a quick demonstration is all it takes.
"We showed you in what? 3 minutes?" McKannan said.
The demo proved, it's a simple, safe option. They can save their house for starters.
Pull the pin, aim at the bottom of the fire. Squeeze the lever and sweep the spray from left to right. When it comes to house fires, planning ahead can make all the difference.
Here's more on fire extinguisher safety:
Most house fires can be put out with a multi-purpose ABC extinguisher.
A-B-C stands for the different classes of fires it can be used on:
Class A: "Ordinary combustibles" used on wood, rubber, cloth, paper and plastic
Class B: "Flammable combustibles" used on gasoline, oil, grease, tar, lacquer and oil-based paints
Class C: "Electrical equipment" used on wiring, fuse boxes, breakers, machinery and appliances
Metal fires, however, require a different type of extinguisher. Class D extinguishers should be kept in the garage, especially if you're an avid mechanic.
Class D: "Combustible metals" used on industrial metal or metal dust.
Princeton's Fire Chief says magnesium is water reactive, and causes a violent reaction. If you're unsure about fighting a small fire, experts say to leave the area and call for help.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:10:09 GMT
The National Weather Service says there is some minor damage on Grand Isle after a waterspout Wednesday afternoon. WWL-TV in New Orleans says that the Grand Isle Fire Department is reporting a powerMore >>
The National Weather Service says there is some minor damage on Grand Isle after a waterspout Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:18:30 GMT
(RNN) - Celebrity chef and southern food connoisseur Paula Deen was back in a controversial spotlight Wednesday, alleged of using racial slurs as jokes in her restaurants in front of employees. AccordingMore >>
Celebrity chef and southern food connoisseur Paula Deen was back in a controversial spotlight Wednesday, alleged of using racial slurs as jokes in her restaurants in front of employees.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:55 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:55:05 GMT
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says a man was killed after he broke into a home and was shot in the face by the homeowner.Authorities say it all started when a woman who lived on Tanglewood RoadMore >>
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says a man was killed after he broke into a home and was shot in the face by the homeowner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:39:25 GMT
We've got good news about the Ohio County toddler who authorities say swallowed a powerful ingredient used to make meth. This is a story 14 News has been keeping an eye on. That little girl, Frankee,More >>
The Facebook page, Frankee's Voice, continues to post updates on Frankee's condition. And on Monday, they gave an update that many are glad to hear.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:08:26 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Four people have been shot in an condominium complex, according to MetroSafe. MetroSafe confirmed the shooting was reported at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday in the Lakeview condominium complex,More >>
Louisville Metro Police say the victims are a juvenile girl, an adult woman and an adult man.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:17 PM EDT2013-06-20 01:17:08 GMT
Major demolition inside the old McCurdy Hotel in Downtown Evansville should begin in just a few months. The Kunkel Group plans to convert the almost 100-year-old building into high-end apartments. It'sMore >>
It's run down right now with some windows boarded up, but a little over a year from now, the old McCurdy Hotel along Riverside Drive should be restored to its former glory.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:09 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:09:53 GMT
A grassroots movement is gaining momentum in Posey and White counties on Wednesday night to get the New Harmony Bridge back open for business between Indiana and Illinois. Citizens from both sides ofMore >>
A grassroots movement is gaining momentum in Posey and White counties on Wednesday night to get the New Harmony Bridge back open for business between Indiana and Illinois.More >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A teen boy was arrested and charged with murder after his younger sister died. Detectives say he admitted practicing "WWE" moves on her, even after she said she was in pain.More >>
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