11-Year-Old Girl, Fourth Victim In Norristown Fire, Dies: Report

Lately, Norristown has experienced tragic fires in a past few months and lives were lost. This past Saturday, a household of nearly a dozen people were the most recent victims. There was 4 people that died from this fire.  Three of the four people who died as the result of a weekend fire at 825 DeKalb St. have been identified. According to multiple sources, Yaritza Vinalay Pineda, 6, her 11-year-old sister, Jennifer Vinalay, and 74-year-old Elpidio Fuentes Lopez were among the victims of the blaze that tore through the three-story twin row home around 4 a.m. Saturday. Authorities have not released the name of the fourth victim. This was not the only time Norristown has been a victim of lives lost due to fires. This past February, Sanford Harling had died from trying to save his father in the fire on Markley Street. Many fires are preventable, with a plan in process, lives can be saved. We have some tips to protect yourself and your family.

Fire Safety Tips:

  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Now, for you to prevent these things or at least have less of a chance to get in a fire, we have some tips to prepare and prevent you from not getting into one:

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Download the Monster Guard App: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Other than seeing a fire, smoke alarms are another way to determine that you have a fire. Having smoke alarms are very important and can save lives by alerting your home in many areas of the house that there is a fire and you need to get out fast. But there not helpful if do not use them in the right ways or if you do not pay attention to them when you need to them. Here are some tips for your smoke alarms:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

If we follow all these steps and prepare for them like these tips tell us, it will make huge difference in our community. Let’s share these tips with family and friends and keep our community safe!

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Fire Safety Tips for Norristown Resident

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