October 25, 2009

Union Fire District Wants to Keep You Safe and Warm This Winter

As the temperature outside drops families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. Although cozy this seasonal ritual can increase the risk of home heating fires.  Nearly half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months & can be associated with structure fires, injuries & deaths.  “While this information can be frightening, nearly all of these fires are preventable,” says Fire Chief Russ Hamilton “We can reduce the number of home heating fires in our community by taking some simple precautions and using heating equipment properly.”

The Union Fire District recommend some simple home heating safety tips, so residents can help keep our community safe and warm this winter:

UFPD Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
UFPD Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
UFPD Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.
UFPD Inspect for cracked, frayed or broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.
UFPD Have your chimney inspected each year and cleaned if necessary.
UFPD Use a sturdy fireplace screen.
UFPD Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
UFPD Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home — when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
UFPD Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.
UFPD Never use an oven to heat your home.
UFPD Have furnaces checked by a professional before the heating season

For more information contact:
Chief Russell Hamilton
Union Fire Protection District