“Be over-vigilant right now,” Freezing temperatures mean busy day for firefighters

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Firefighters had their hands full this weekend, battling fires across the metro, brought on by frigid temperatures.

"With everything going on, with people having space heaters, with people having water problems, automatic sprinklers are freezing up on us, so a lot of the problem is that," said OKCFD Battalion Chief Thomas Thurm. "We have made quite a few house fires and a lot of automatic alarms where we've had to shut off water due to the freezing temperatures."

Saturday morning, a mother and her child died in a fire at their home on the 1100 block of N.W. 80th St.

At one point Sunday afternoon, firefighters worked four house fires at once.

"It doesn't happen very often, so it's rare," Thurm said. "Just be very careful during these times, and be over-vigilant right now so this doesn't happen."

The fire department suggests keeping water flowing through the pipes, to keep them from freezing in the first place.

Adjusting the thermostat inside the house can help, too.

And, during the holiday season, firefighters said it's important to watch electrical outlets to make sure there aren't too many things plugged in.

OKCFD offers free smoke detectors and free installation to those who ask.

Electricians offer these tips to keep your home fire safe during the holidays.

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