Winter Fire Safety Tips 2018

Home fires occur more in winter that in any other season. As you stay cozy and warm this season be fire smart.

Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of DECEMBER, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY. 890 people die in winter home fires each year. $2 Million in property loss occurs from these fires. Cooking is the number one cause followed by a heat source too close to a combustible.

Here are some winter fire safety tips to help keep you safe.

  1. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heaters.
  2. Beware of lit candles. Candles can set the mood for relaxation, and that's how they get forgotten or knocked over by kids or pets. Light candles only when you're around to watch them and blow them out when your ready to leave the room. Consider using flameless candles in decorations this season.
  3. Never use your oven to heat your home.
  4. Have your heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Fireplaces and wood stoves produce creosote which can ignite.
  5. Remember to turn off portable heaters when you leave the room or are going to bed.
  6. Ashes from a stove or fireplace should be placed in a metal container and kept 10 feet from any combustible material.
  7. Install and test carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. CO is called the "invisible killer" because it is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
  8. Test smoke detectors once a month.
  9. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  10. Know how to use 911. We have all heard the story how a 4 year old saved Grandma by calling 911. In the event of a home fire we all have the possibility to be a hero by calling 911 for help.

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