Winter Fire Safety Reminders

While a warm home and a hot meal on a cold winter’s day may conjure up thoughts of safety and security, the unfortunate reality is that winter is the leading time of year for home fires in the United States. NFPA and USFA recommend these safety tips to prevent winter home fires:
• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period, turn off the stove.
• Space heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from each
• Avoid using space heaters in bathrooms or other areas where they may come in contact with water.
• Check electrical cords often and replace cracked or damaged electrical or extension cords. Do not try to repair them.
Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home. They are not designed for this purpose & can be a fire hazard. In addition, carbon monoxide (CO) gas might kill people & pets.
• Frozen Water pipes? Never try to thaw them with a blow torch or other open flame. The pipe could conduct heat and ignite the wall.
• Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Ashes stay hot for a very long time. Always place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.
• Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel. A spark could easily ignite these materials.
• If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes and smoke outside.
• If windows are used as emergency exits in your home, practice using them in the event of a fire. Be sure all windows open easily.
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