Winter Fire Safety Tips
Did you know that most home fires occur during the winter? Spring may be just around the corner, but winter fire danger still remains. Here are some tips courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association and the United States Fire Administration to help you stay safe these last few weeks of winter.
- Keep anything that can catch fire at least 3 feet from heating equipment
- Never use an oven to heat your home
- Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food
- Turn space heaters off when you leave the room or go to bed
- Make sure all vents are clear of snow and ice to allow carbon monoxide to vent outside
- Have your furnace/heating system serviced each year by a qualified professional
If you’re hit with a late winter storm, be aware of the dangers that may be present afterward:
- Damaged or downed utility lines can present a fire and life safety hazard
- Water damaged appliances and utilities can be electrically charged
- Frozen water pipes can burst and cause safety hazards
- Leaking gas lines, damaged or leaking gas propane containers and leaking vehicle gas tanks may explode or ignite
- Generators are often used during power outages, but generators that are not properly used and maintained can be very hazardous
Freeze, fire, wind or hail, every season has the opportunity to bring the unexpected.
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Source: United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)