Freezing temperatures increase dangers for firefighters

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This time of year brings many dangers for firefighters. From more people using potentially hazardous heat sources and decorative displays to increased challenges during firefighting, there many dangers for them.

“Anytime you put water in freezing conditions, makes it a little more slippery, requires our people to put more clothing on, which increases their body heat inside and kind of gives us a little more weight to go around with us,” said Battalion Chief Gene Coleman.

However, the Birmingham Fire Department says they’re trained to deal with these conditions.

“We prepare for hot and cold weather,” said Captain Bryan Harrell.

Harrell says the department is encouraging people not to use open flames as part of their holiday displays, and to keep a close eye on any space heaters or candles they have in their homes.

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