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Dec 22-26 Extreme Winter Weather

Fire/Heat Safety Tips


  • Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows, and vent openings.  

  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.  

  • Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors, or other openings in the building. 

  • Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.  

  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.  

  • Store fuel for the generator in a container intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.  

  • When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord.  

  • If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install a properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical codes. 


  • Plug heaters directly into the wall socket, and not into extension cords.  

  • Check the cords on electric heaters before using. If the cord is frayed or splitting, discard the heater.  

  • Any repairs to heaters should only be performed by a qualified licensed appliance repair person.  

  • Keep anything that may burn at least 3 feet away from the heater.  

  • Never allow children to play with, or around, the heater.  

  • Never place anything inside the grill on the front of the heater. 

  • Unplug heater when they’re not being used.  

  • Do not place anything on top of extension cords such carpets, rugs, or textiles.


  • Use only seasoned wood, never use green wood, plastic artificial logs, paper, or trash.  

  • Make sure the chimney flue is open before the fireplace is used. 

  • Always use a protective screen.  

  • Clean interiors, hearths, and chimneys yearly.  

  • Have your chimney inspected by a professional at least once a year and have it cleaned if necessary.  

  • Ashes should be removed in a metal container. Never store ashes in or near your home as they may rekindle. 


  • Before you light candles put them in a non-tip candle holder.  

  • Never burn candles near combustible decorations or displays.  

  • Keep candles well away from curtains and other combustibles, and never put candles in windows or near exits.  

  • Don't leave candles burning unattended or within the reach of small children.  

  • Extinguish candles before you leave a room, go to bed, or leave home.  



  • Depletion of oxygen from the room resulting in death.  

  • Clothing or close combustibles catching on fire when close to flames.  

  • Air pollution such as carbon monoxide whenever fuel is incompletely burned.  


  • Once a year have your heating sources checked by a licensed mechanical contractor.  

  • Floor furnaces should be cleaned and vacuumed prior to usage and should be checked for proper ventilation.  

  • Make sure floor furnaces are clear of all coverings.  

  • All gas heating sources should put out a clear blue flame, if you see a primarily orange or yellowish flame; have it checked by a professional.  

  • All heating sources should be checked annually.  

  • All gas heating sources must also be properly ventilated. Keeping a window slightly opened can circulate fresh air and reduce carbon monoxide buildups in tightly sealed houses.  

  • Never use a stove or oven to heat the home, as this causes a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide gas in the home.  


  • Smoke alarms save lives! The best level of protection is to install alarms in every bedroom and every hallway on every floor.  

  • Minimum protection installs smoke alarms outside bedrooms and on every floor.  

  • DO NOT install smoke alarms in the kitchen or bathroom.  

  • Test the batteries monthly.  

  • Keep smoke alarms away from air vents.  

  • Place smoke alarms at least 4 to 6 inches away from walls and corners 


  • Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors near bedroom areas and family rooms, for extra protection; place one about fifteen feet away from your home’s heat source.  

  • DO NOT install them near air vents or fans.  

  • Test your CO Detector each week by pressing the test/silence button to make sure that the alarm sounds.  

  • Keep your CO detectors dust free by vacuuming air vents regularly.