Heating safety a priority as winter weather approaches

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The winter weather is almost here, and it’s time to get cozy and bundle up. But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? In fact, half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

The Alabama State Fire Marshal says our state is one of the leaders in fire deaths. He says that has to change and people need to be smart about fire prevention.

Here’s some tips to keep in mind this winter season:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3-feet away from heating equipment.
  • Have a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimney’s cleaned and inspected yearly.
  • Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Extension cords are very unforgiving.  Remember that they have limitations. Slightly damaged ones are a disaster waiting to happen, and if used long enough the cord will fail resulting in a fire safety hazard.