ES Fire Department offers winter safety tips

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Carroll County News

Winter comes with some specific dangers for fires and injuries, and the Eureka Springs Fire Department has some tips to keep you and your family safe.

To prevent chimney fires, have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year. This will reduce the chances of a chimney fire. Be sure to store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container outside at least 20 feet away from your home.

When it comes to heating equipment, keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from any heat source such as fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators and space heaters. Plug only one heating appliance into an electrical outlet at a time. You should also be aware of candles in the home. This time of year, fires in homes caused by candles increase. It is a good idea to have candles burning only in the room you are in.

Keep portable generators outside and away from windows, as far away as possible from your home. Donít forget to install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be tricky to spot, featuring symptoms such as headaches, nausea, general weakness and shortness of breath. Your detectors should have a UL listing 2034. Check the back of the detector for the listing.

Keep and maintain fire extinguishers in the home. Be sure to disconnect and drain your garden hose during cold weather. A simple garden hose could help put out a small fire in or around the home.

If youíve got any questions about these tips, donít hesitate to call Eureka Springs Fire Department at 479-253-9616, or stop by at 144 E. Van Buren.

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