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  • Per the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

    Keep heating equipment, furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heaters at least three feet away from all items. Monitor children and pets with the same standards for their safety.

    Do not use fireplaces, wood stoves and portable space heaters when you are not home. Never use electrical space heaters with an extension cord or a multi-outlet.

    Never use your oven to heat your home. Ensure you have appropriate oil, gas or wood on hand throughout the season.

    Have a qualified professional install your chimney for fireplaces and wood stoves according to local code (from the Building Inspector) and manufacturer’s instructions.

    Have all chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Only burn appropriate material.

    Use a sturdy, fire rated screen with fire places to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

    Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month. Dial 9-1-1 immediately if your residence experiences any inside smoke and/or fire from your heating devices. Evacuate the residence, do not return and await for the Fire Department to arrive, providing us with additional information.

  • Residential Fire – Next Steps

  • For those that have been effected by a fire in their home download the U.S. Fire Administration (FEMA) publication After the Fire! Returning to Normal

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    • Smoke Detectors Save Lives

    • Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.

    • Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

      Credit: National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

    • In addition, please consider also using a carbon monoxide alarm in your home. Follow all instructions from the manufacturer for installation and maintenance on all alarms.

    • For more information Go to the NFPA’s website

      If you have these alarms in your home today, please ensure they are working properly.

      If needed, test them today!