8 tips for winter fire prevention

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on January 27, 2017 # Emergency Preparedness

February is known for its frigid temperatures that can cause inclement weather, which leads to dangerous conditions. This cold weather also brings the dangers of home heated fires caused by space heaters and fireplaces, which to date, is 67 percent of winter fires.

By practicing these few safety habits, you can stay cozy and safe this winter:

  • Test your smoke alarms once a month to ensure they are in working order
  • Keep all space heater a minimum of 3 feet away from any flammable materials
  • Plug space heaters directly into outlets, do not use extension cords or power strips
  • Look to purchase heaters that have an automatic shut off, or make a reminder to turn your heater off whenever you leave the room
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace, and dispose of ashes in a metal container with a lid and put outside at least 3 feet away from your house.
  • Always put out your fireplace or wood stove before bed
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace or wood stove, and keep all paper materials away from heaters.
  • Maintain your heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected each year by a professional

Visit FEMA.gov to learn more about winter and fire safety practices.

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