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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Monthly Fire Safety Tips: Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

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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.

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