Wednesday, February 1, 2012 -
Alternative heating devices, downed power lines, portable generators, and damaged appliances are all potential hazards during and after a winter storm.
The U.S. Fire Administration encourages you to use the following safety tips to help protect yourself, your family, and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after a winter storm.
- Alternative heaters need additional space to operate in. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away.
- Never refuel a space heater while it is operating or still hot.
- If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow and debris for easy access by the fire company.
- Always use flashlights and not a candle, for emergency lighting.
- Do not use the kitchen oven or range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, they can be a source of toxic fumes.