By Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City fire officials are warning the public to take extra precautions during the winter season, which typically sees an increase in residential fires.

The Oklahoman ( ) reports 12 people were killed in Oklahoma City in residential structure fires last year. City district fire chief Benny Fulkerson says house fires are very common during winter for several reasons, but mostly due to people using fireplaces, space heaters and other methods of heating.

Oklahoma City approved an ordinance in December requiring smoke alarms in single-family homes, which had been exempt.

The U.S. Fire Administration says house fires are burning faster and hotter due to electronics and plastics in modern homes.


Information from: The Oklahoman,

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