Red Cross talks fire safety after three fires

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BURLINGTON, Vt. American Red Cross Vermont says this many in one day isn't very common. Executive Director Kevin Mazuzan tells us the organization responds to a disaster, usually a home fire, every 17 hours in Vermont and New Hampshire. He warned that now is the time of year where there's an increase of fires caused by heating appliances.

“When people are turning their heating units on for the first time and their chimneys have not been cleaned or if they're using their wood stoves for the first time and they've not been cleaned, unfortunately now is when we're going to see an upswing in fires that are related to those systems being turned on,” said Mazuzan.

Mazuzan says the best way to prevent these kinds of fires is keeping these tools clean and maintained. Saturday, the Red Cross partnered with the state and Norwich University to install more than 460 smoke alarms in Williamstown following the fatal fire there this past summer.