Winter Safety

Each year in the United States, 240,000 home fires happen during the winter.

Here are some tips to help keep you safe when the temperature drops:

  • Have your furnace checked once a year by a qualified serviceman
  • Keep dust and trash away from the furnace area
  • Keep children away from space heaters
  • Make sure space heaters shut off when they tip over
  • Do not use space heaters around explosive or combustible materials, like those found in a garage
  • Keep curtains and blankets away from heaters.
  • Have your chimneys inspected and cleaned by a professional yearly
  • Have the flue of your wood burning stove checked once a year by a professional
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy
  • Do not burn building materials including plywood, treated lumber and paneling. These release toxic gases when burned
  • Keep the draft open wide when burning
  • Install a spark shield around the chimney
  • If you want to keep the door open to your wood-burning stove, always use a fireplace screen or glass door
  • Clean the ashes out of your wood-burning stove or fireplace regularly
Holiday Safety

Lights & Candles

  • Throw away sets of lights that have frayed cords or loose sockets
  • Don't overload circuits
  • Don't run extension cords under carpets
  • Never use electric lights on metal Christmas trees

Christmas Trees

  • Don't buy a tree that is shedding needles
  • Cut the tree trunk at an angle
  • Place the tree in a deep stand that won’t tip
  • Keep the tree away from fireplaces, exits and heat sources
  • Check the water level daily