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Home Fires Increase in Winter: Tips To Keep Your Family Safe

Many home fires are preventable, said Johns Creek Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney. A few precautions can ensure the safety of your home and family.

According to the National Fire Protection Association nearly half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. 

"Many tragic fires are preventable," said Johns Creek Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney. "By following some simple precautions, people can help ensure the safety of their family and their home."

  • Keep all things that can burn at least 3 feet away from any heating source.
  • Remember portable space heaters need space.
  • Only use heating equipment that has the UL label.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Test them at least once a month.
  • Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.
  • Have your chimney inspected each year and cleaned if necessary.
  • Never use flammable liquids, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline, to start a fire.
  • Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
  • Supervise children when open fires and space heaters are used. Install a non-combustible screen around the appliance to prevent burns which are even more common than fire injuries.
  • Use chimineas, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits outdoors ONLY and at least 10 feet away from the home or anything that can burn
Click here for more home safety tips from the Johns Creek Fire Department.

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