People are at greater risk of a home fire in the winter season. Winter is just beginning and in the event that your home is left without electricity you might look for alternate ways to heat our home. Whenever we use alternate heating methods we increase the risk of having a home fire or exposing ourselves to dangerous carbon monoxide. The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department encourages residents to follow US Fire Administration heating tips to help prevent fires and to stay safe this winter season:
â€¢ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters or candles.
â€¢ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Never use an oven to heat your home.
â€¢ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
â€¢ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Remember to maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional
Fireplaces regularly build up creosote in their chimneys. They need to be cleaned out frequently and chimneys should be inspected for obstructions and cracks to prevent deadly chimney and roof fires. Check to make sure the damper is open before starting any fire. Never burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace. These materials cause heavy creosote buildup and are difficult to control. Use a screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks. Don't wear loose-fitting clothes near any open flame. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed. Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.
Â More Fire Safety Tips
â€¢ Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device. Not only is it a safety hazard, it can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.
â€¢ If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit. Only use extension cords which have the necessary rating to carry the amp load.
â€¢ Choose an extension cord the same size or larger than the appliance electrical cord.
â€¢ If windows are used as emergency exits in your home, practice using them in the event fire should strike. Be sure that all the windows open easily. Home escape ladders are recommended.
For more information about Fulton county Fire Rescue Department, visit http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/fcfrd-home. Follow them on Twitter #FCFRD.