When heating your home this winter please do so in a safe manner!
70% of winter fires are caused by heating sources such as space heaters, fire places, heating blankets, etc..
In 2011 53,600 structure fires nationwide were caused by heating equipment.
400 people died
1,520 were injured
Total property damage was estimated to be $893 million.
DON'T BE A STATISTIC!
Know the signs of fire!
- Listen for popping or crackling in the walls
- Lots of dense smoke
- Instense heat and strong odor
If you notice any one of these signs or an obvious fire then CALL 9-1-1!AFTER YOU ESCAPE YOUR HOME!
Do not re enter the home
Remember to practice E.D.I.T.H. (Escape Drills In The Home)
Always have a way out
- Keep anything flammable at LEAST 3 FT away from the heater.
- Use only heaters with "Automatic Shut off" should the heater tip over it will shut itself off
- Turn heaters off if you leave the area
- Do not plug heaters into extension cords, only wall sockets.
Fire Place / Woodstove
- Use a glass or metal screen to keep ambers inside
- Keep children away from the fire place or wood stove. Allow only adults to use.
- Completely extinguish the fire while you are away from home. No smoke No fire.
- Do not burn trash
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional annually.
- Put all ashes in a metal container at LEAST 3 FT from your home outside
- Refuel only after cool and do so outside
- Do not place anything flammable near the heater
- Shut off when you are not home or asleep
- Make sure it has a "Automatic Shut off" so if the unit tips over it will shut itself off
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually
- Creosote forms as condensation occurs while smoke travels through the flue. It is formed from the by products of combustions such as smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon, tar fog and assorted minerals. This substance sticks to the inner walls of your chimney and if there is sufficient build up over time, this could result in a fire.
See more at: http://www.csia.org/homeowner-resources/the_facts_about_chimney_fires.aspx#sthash.Zg9Cen3w.dpuf
This series of videos by Rodeneil, Dep. Superintendent with the US Fire Admistration provides basic preventative measures you may take to safely heat your home with fireplaces.
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