Winter Fire Safety Tips

          More home fires occur in the winter months than any other season.  As we stay warm in our homes, we need to remain fire safe.  “Heating appliances and winter storms create specific hazards we need to prepare for ,” explained Alan Zygmunt, Public Fire Safety Coordinator for the Connecticut Fire Academy, “following simple precautions will keep us safe and healthy this winter.”   

  • Heating equipment is involved in 1 out every 7 home fires.
  • Keep all combustible materials at least three feet away from any heating devices.
  • Only plug in one portable heater into each outlet to prevent overloading.
  • If you use a portable generator, always keep it as far away from your home as possible to prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home.
  • Lastly, install and check carbon monoxide alarms in your home.They are the only way to determine if this colorless and odorless gas is present.

 

These simple tips will help to keep your family safe this winter, and if you need additional information contact your local fire department or you can go to the National Fire Protection Association’s website at: 

           https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Put-A-Freeze-on-Winter-Fires

The Connecticut Fire Academy is the teaching arm of the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.  Part of their mission is educating the public in fire and burn prevention.