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Important Fire Safety Tips in Winter Weather

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With record low temperatures recorded all across the United States, it’s important for people to stay safe during the winter months. Fireplaces, space heaters, and in-home heaters can all cause potential fire hazards when in use. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2016 alone, house fires killed 2,735 people and 10,750 were injured. Follow these few tips to unsure your safety during the winter weather.

Check all smoke alarms and use carbon monoxide alarms

Every level of your home should have a working smoke alarm. Check the batteries at least once a month to test the alarm to make sure it is in proper working order. All smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

Some smoke alarms have carbon monoxide detectors. If yours do not, you can buy a carbon monoxide detector for around $20. They are best used within 15 feet of each sleeping area of your home.

Use heaters safely

Gas or electric ovens should not be used to heat your home. When using a fireplace or portable heater, keep all materials including paper products, furniture, and clothing at least three feet away.

Have emergency lighting

Never use candles for emergency lighting. Many things in your home can catch fire if they come in contact with a candle’s flame. Use flashlights only for emergency lighting and stock up on batteries.

Have a fire escape route

Make sure everyone is aware and knows what to do in case of an emergency. If a fire starts in your home, you may have as little as two minutes to escape. During this time, it’s essential to have all windows and doors in working order to facilitate a quick and safe evacuation. Similarly, being prepared for other situations, like auto accidents in winter, is vital for ensuring safety at all times.
Protect your home with these important home fire safety tips. If a house fire, often a risk heightened in winter due to increased use of heating devices, has injured you or a loved one, consider a winter personal injury claim. For expert guidance on navigating personal injury cases, call The Cochran Firm Philadelphia today at 800-969-4400 for a free consultation.