Sunday, December 16, 2012

   As the temperatures drop during the winter months, our local fire agencies want to suggest some safety tips that can help reduce the risk of home heating fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. You can reduce the likelihood of having a home heating fire by taking some simple precautions and using heating equipment properly. Use a sturdy fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying into the room. Keep rugs and other combustible materials at least three feet from floor furnaces and space heaters, and turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room. Never plug portable heaters into an extension cord or multi-plug adapter. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home (and replace smoke alarm batteries each year). Never use an oven to heat your home. If you are staying in one of our rental cabins, we ask that you DO NOT remove the fireplace ashes yourself.  Our cleaning crew will take care of that after you check out of the cabin.. Also, never burn Christmas trees, pine cones, pine needles or branches you might find outside on the ground near your cabin, in a fireplace or wood stove, as they burn too fast and could be explosive, plus they do emit toxic fumes that are harmful to you and our environment, not to mention the chimney flue.  But do enjoy your fireside experience!  And remember, we sell firewood at our office!

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