Winter Fire Safety Tips

  • Make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and repair/replace them as needed.
  • Plan and practice exit drills in your home with all household members.
  • Place portable heaters, space heaters and wood or coal burning stoves at least three feet away from furniture, walls, curtains or anything else that can burn.
  • Turn off space heaters when you leave home or go to bed.
  • Let liquid fueled heaters cool down before refueling them. Refuel the heater outdoors, away from structures where spills won't present a fire hazard. Use only the fuel recommended.
  • Never install unvented gas heaters in bedrooms or bathrooms where carbon monoxide can build up to dangerous levels.
  • Use fireplace screens to protect your home from sparks.
  • Burn only dry, well-seasoned wood in your fireplace or wood stove.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to properly use it.
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