Monday, December 2, 2013

Put the freeze on winter fires!

Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. With extended freezing temperatures in the forecast, the Tacoma Fire Department offers the following fire safety tips.
  • Have your chimney and furnace inspected annually and cleaned if necessary.
  • Portable heaters need their space. Keep anything that can catch fire at least three feet from the heat.
  • Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device.
  • Have working smoke alarms and practice a home escape plan with your family.
  • In the event of a power outage, always use a flashlight – not a candle – for emergency lighting.
For additional winter fire safety information visit the USFA or NFPA websites.