Stay Warm and Safe This Winter!
Heating fire facts (Based on 2014-2018 annual averages:)
- Most home heating fire deaths (81%) involved stationary or portable space heaters.
- The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (25%) was failure to clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
- Half of the home heating fire deaths were caused by having heating equipment to close too things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing mattresses or bedding.
- Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.
Source: NFPA Applied Research
Carbon monoxide safety tips
- Have your home heating systems (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually by a trained service technician.
- Never use portable generators inside homes or garages, even if doors and windows are open. Use generators outside only, far away from the home.
- Never bring a charcoal grill into the house for heating or cooking. Do not barbeque in the garage.
- Never use a gas range or oven for heating.
- Open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire and keep it open until the ashes are cool. An open damper may help prevent build-up of poisonous gases inside the home.
- Install battery-operated CO alarms or CO alarms with battery backup in your home outside separate sleeping areas.
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 911.
Prevent home fires
- Portable Space Heaters - Keep combustible objects at least 3 feet away.
- Fireplaces & Woodstoves - Inspect and clean pipes and chimneys annually.
- Generators - Use in well ventilated locations outside at least 5 feet from all doors, windows, and vent openings.
- Cooking - stay in the kitchen and turn off the stove if you leave, even for a short period of time.
- Electrical & Appliance Safety - Replace all worn, old, or damaged appliance cords.