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Winter Weather Awareness Week November 8, 2017

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WINTER HOME AND FIRE SAFETY

The topic for today is winter home and fire safety. Now that winter is here, our heating, cooking and holiday activities increase dramatically. The risk of residential fires also increase.

 

Your Home

Listed below are some common winter safety concerns along with information and tips on how to avoid them and keep your home warm, dry and safe all winter long.

 

Heating

The high cost of heating fuels and utilities have caused many Americans to search for alternative methods of home heating. Wood burning stoves are growing in popularity and space heaters are selling rapidly, or coming out of storage. Fireplaces are burning wood and man-made logs. All these methods of heating may be acceptable — but without caution, they’re a major contributing factor in residential fires.

Cooking

Families and guests tend to gather in the kitchen, but it can be the most hazardous room in the house if you don't practice safe cooking behavior. Careless use of cooking equipment, usually a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of home fires and home-fire injuries in the United States. ALWAYS have someone watching the stove!

Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday decorating goes a long way to help brighten up our wintery days and long nights. Unfortunately, decorations become a significant hazard if not used carefully. An estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year across the U.S. By following a few simple safety tips on electric lights, candles and Christmas trees, you can avoid creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire or what to do in case of a fire in your home.

Fire Safety Resources from the State Fire Marshal

For more information about home fire safety, smoke alarms visit the State Fire Marshal website.

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