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Winter is Here!

As the weather becomes cooler, we begin heating our homes. Whether you use a space heater, fireplace or wood stove, it is important to remember fire safety. Each year there are approximately 53,600 home fires due to heat sources. These fires are responsible for 400 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries, and $893 million in property damage. Space heaters are responsible for one-third of home heating fires and four out of five home heating fire deaths.

To keep you and your home safe from fire, follow these fire safety tips:

*        Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating
equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable heater.

*        Never use your oven for heating.

*        Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

*        If you use a fireplace, make sure it has a sturdy screen to
prevent sparks from flying into the room.

*        For wood burning stoves, install chimney connectors and chimneys
following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the
installation.

*        Make sure all fuel-burning heaters are vented to the outside to
avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

*        Install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO
poisoning.

As always, ensure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside and outside sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms every month. Have a home fire escape plan and test your plan at least twice a year to ensure everyone knows how to escape your home if there was a fire.


Free Smoke Alarm Testing

Fire Department personnel regularly visits neighborhoods testing smoke alarms. We will always be in Fire Department apparel and will have ID. If you would like to see us come through your neighborhood, give us a call.