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Winter Fire Safety Tips
By: Dan Yoder

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Winter Fire Safety Tips

FREDERICK, MD – With colder temperatures settling into the region, the Frederick County Professional Firefighters (IAFF Local 3666) urge citizens to be safety conscious.  Local 3666 members offer the following winter fire safety tips.

  • When buying a new space heater, make sure it carries the mark of an independent testing laboratory.  Be sure to have fixed space heaters installed by a qualified technician according to the manufacturer’s instructions

  • Keep or maintain a 36-inch (1-meter) clearance between space heaters and anything that can burn.

  • Portable space heaters should be turned off every time you leave the room or go to bed.

  • Have any gas-fueled heating device installed with proper attention to ventilation. If non-vented gas space heaters are used in bedrooms or bathrooms, make sure they are small and well mounted. NFPA codes prohibit the use of liquefied petroleum gas heaters with self-contained fuel supplies.

  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, chimney connectors and all other solid-fueled heating equipment inspected annually by a professional, and cleaned as often as inspections suggest. Only use wood that is properly seasoned, this will reduce creosote build-up.

  • When burning wood in fireplaces or wood stoves, it is important to use properly seasoned wood. The U.S. Department of Energy cautions that green wood has more moisture and is likely to smolder, leading to more creosote build-up. They recommend moisture content of 20-25%, noting that wood that is too well seasoned may also result in creosote build-up. 

  • Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room. Allow fireplace and woodstove ashes to cool before disposing in a metal container.

  • Test smoke alarms monthly; install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.


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