Fire deaths on the rise for North Carolina

FRANKLIN — From WNCC, it has been reported that the number of fires have increased. According to National Fire Protection Association, heating is the second leading cause of home fires, deaths and injuries in the U.S.

In 2017, 83 people lost their lives in North Carolina because of a fire related incident. That is 14 more people reported from the year before in 2016.

In addition to fires, winter weather also increases the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Vehicles, generators and home heating can produce dangerous levels in your home in a short amount of time, enough to cause illness or even death. Carbon monoxide poisoning mimics common illness such as the flu or food poisoning with symptoms to include shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, light-headedness or headaches.