|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2009
FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Winter Fire Safety
Fire safety is a major issue during the winter months especially since the most recent cold snap has arrived in the State of
- Install a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in your home. Regularly test the device. Replace the smoke alarm if it is older than 10 years.
- When installing and using alternative heating appliances such as wood or pellet stoves use them in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions and building code regulations.
- Use seasoned wood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup and causes fires.
- Do not ever use flammable liquids such as gasoline to start a wood stove.
- Make sure space heaters are far enough away from combustibles. (at least 3 feet or more)
- Have your furnace and chimney cleaned at least once a year.
- Provide proper ventilation for all appliances.
- Use a glass or metal screen in the front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from igniting carpet or furniture. These sparks can and do cause fires.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Do not use your BBQ grill to heat your home. It’s a fire danger and Deadly gas is emitted.
- Never thaw pipes with a blow torch or other flame. Use hot water or a UL-listed device such as a hand-held dryer.
- Dispose of hot ashes in covered metal containers placed away from the house or other buildings.
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the easiest and best way to ensure your family has warning during a house fire.
Lt. J. Paul Vance