Take care to avoid disaster


The first chilly weather of the season has arrived. That can be something we look forward to, but it can also be a time fraught with danger.

As the weather cools down and we take steps to keep ourselves warm, we are starting up heating systems that haven’t been used several months. Many use auxiliary devises to keep certain rooms or sections of their house warmer than the rest. Those heaters can be dangerous if they aren’t well-maintained and properly used.

If you use one of those, make sure any cords are not frayed or missing any of the insulation. Make sure plugs fit snugly in the outlets. Make certain to keep them away from combustible materials like curtains and upholstery.

If you want to build a cozy fire, make sure the flue works properly and that the chimney is clean and free of creosote.

No matter how you heat your home make sure the paths to exit doors are clear of items that could trip someone trying to get out in the dark. And make plans for how you would get out of your home from different places inside the house in the event of a fire.

House fires are much more frequent in the winter time as we work to heat our homes, but they don’t have to be. A few safety steps before you get started could prevent the loss of property, or worse – a loss of life. Invest the time it takes to winterize your home and make sure that you are being as safe with your heating system as you can be.


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