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Cold weather calls for fire safety reminder

Several recent fires in Seattle are a reminder to residents to pay special attention to fire safety during cold weather. Over the past several days, firefighters have responded to fires caused by inattention to heaters and wood stoves. Fires caused by furniture, bedding, and other materials placed near baseboard heaters and portable heaters are the most common types of heating-related residential fires in Seattle.

 Here are a few tips to keep your home safe during cold winter weather:

  • Give your heaters space – Do not put anything next to a heater.
  • Turn portable heaters off before leaving the room or before going to bed.
  • Never use an extension cord with a portable heater.
  • If light is needed during a power outage, use a battery-operated light source instead of candles.
  • Always keep burning candles within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
  • Wood stoves and fireplaces not only need space around them for safety, they should also have their chimney cleaned regularly to reduce the chance of a chimney fire.
  • And just in case, make sure you have working smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and a fire escape plan that has been practiced by everyone in the home.

 For more information on seasonal fire safety, visit http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/homesafety/november.htm