Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. As you stay cozy and warm this winter, be fire smart!
-Half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.
-Heating equipment is involved in 1 in every 7 home fires and 1 in every 5 home fire deaths.
-Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.
-Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible.
-Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
-Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance (like a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
-Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
-Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.
For more information on how to prevent winter fires, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/winter and www.nfpa.org/winter.