Marble Falls Fire Rescue says put a freeze on winter fires. Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. Half of all home heating fires occur during the months of December through February.
“Even though we have experienced a mild winter so far, there is still plenty of time left before spring” stated Fire Marshal Tommy Crane. “So, following these few safety tips will greatly reduce your risk of fire this winter” Crane adds.
The National Fire Protection Association along with Marble Falls Fire Rescue have listed these tips for continued winter fire safety:
- Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters
- Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away as possible from your house
- Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month
- Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year
- Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and nearby buildings
- Plug only 1 heat producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time
For more information about winter fire safety visit NFPA’s website, http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/put-a-freeze-on-winter-fires