There are some tough, cold facts about these winter months, and believe it or not they have to do with fire. During the winter the most home fires occur, and most fire injuries are a result to home fires. Keep your safe haven safe with helpful reminders and tips for your home:
- Do not use the kitchen oven range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of toxic fumes.
- Alternative heaters need their space. Keep anything that can catch fire at least 3 feet away.
- Make sure your alternative heaters have ‘tip switches.’ These ‘tip switches’ are designed to automatically turn off the heater in the event they tip over.
- Never refill a space heater while it is operating or still hot. Refuel heaters only outdoors.
- Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, and at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch fire. Ensure they have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation.
- Use a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from igniting nearby carpets, furniture or other items that can catch fire.
Please visit this FEMA website to view a very informative resource page regarding more fire safety and prevention tips.