Winter Fire Safety Tips

Candles

  • Make sure candles are in sturdy holders and put out after each use.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Keep candles away from draperies and linens.
  • Use flameless candles, which are both safe and attractive.

Cooking

  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Keep your cooking area clean and uncluttered.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • If a fire starts in a microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit.

Heating

  • Staying Warm
  • Portable Space Heaters.
  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually. Never burn trash, paper or green wood
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container outside the home.


Escape Planning

  • Get low and go under the smoke to escape to your safe exit.
  • Feel the door. If it is hot, use your second way out.
  • Use the stairs; never use an elevator during a fire.
  • Practice your escape plan. Always have two ways out.