Tips for Reducing Your Chance of Fire at Home
Byline: Submitted by Bartlett Fire Protection District
The Bartlett Fire District would like to remind residents that as the colder weather approaches, it is time to focus on winter fire safety tips.
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that on average 50,100 heating fires occur in residential buildings across the United States each year (2008-2010). These fires result in approximately 150 deaths, 575 injuries and $326 million in property loss.
Home heating is the second leading cause of residential building fires following cooking.
"Home heating fires are preventable," states the U.S. Fire Administration. As the heating season gets under way, the Bartlett Fire District and the U.S. Fire Administration would like to recommend the following:
* Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
* Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.(UL, FM)
* All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.
* Plug space heaters directly into outlets and NEVER into an extension cord or power strip.
* Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms inside your home to provide early warning of CO.
* Clear the area around the fireplace hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials. …