By UFA Chief Mike Watson
The winter season is rapidly approaching, and with it comes many safety issues. Below are some items that will help insure that you and your family are well prepared to weather the weather!
-Cooking, heating, holiday decorations and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart!
-Give space heaters space: Keep them at least three feet away from combustibles. Shut off and unplug heaters when you leave or when you are going to bed.
-Make sure you have working Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors. Smoke alarms save lives. Make sure you have working smoke alarms installed in every living area in your home. Test all alarms monthly.
-Plan for a fire: Know two ways out of every room in your home. Make sure you can easily open windows and doors. Plan your escape route around your abilities.
-Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned: This should be done regularly by a qualified professional.
-Candle Safety: Roughly a third of home candle fires start in the bedroom. More than half of all candle fires start when flammable items are too close to the candle. Never leave children alone in a room with a burning candle.
-Heat producing appliances: Plug only one heat-producing appliance into an electrical outlet at a time.
-Be alert when cooking: Frying poses the greatest risk of fire, but the ignition of food and other cooking material, in addition to clothing, are the top leading cause. Thanksgiving is peak season for home cooking fires.
Information from: nfpa.gov