Winter Safety tips
- Be sure your furnace is in good working condition and the flue is clear from debris.
- Keep all combustibles at least 36" away from any heat source- including fire places, wood stoves, electric heaters or kerosene heaters.
- Be sure your heater is in good working condition.
- Turn the heater off when you leave the house or go to bed.
- If you are using an electric heater, do not overload the circuits. Unplug electric heaters when not in use and use only UL approved heaters
- If you use a kerosene heater, use only fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Do not refill the heater when it is in use, and always refill outside the home.
- Keep small children away from the heaters. Loose fitting clothing, or nightgowns, can easily catch fire.
- If you use a wood stove or fireplace, be sure the chimney is cleaned and checked annually. Use a glass or metal screen to prevent unwanted sparks from jumping out of the fireplace. Be sure the fire is out before going to bed.
- If you have a fire hydrant on your property, you can assist us by keeping it clear of snow so that in the event we need to use it, we can locate the hydrant and have access.
- Do you have a working smoke detector on each floor of your home?
- Do you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home?
Please take the time to review these safety tip sheets provided by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency)