Fire Safety


Home fires are more prevalent in winter. The use of space heaters results in more fires and fire fatalities than any other heating sources. Safe space heater practices include:

  • Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from drapes, furniture, or other flammable materials.
  • Put heaters on a level surface away from where people or pets might knock them over.
  • Plug heaters only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into extension cords.
  • Never leaving space heaters unattended or running while you sleep.
  • Keeping electric heaters away from water. Never use them near a sink or in the bathroom.
  • Never use or store flammable or combustible liquids near or in rooms with heaters.

Have a Plan

Test your smoke alarms monthly. If you don't already have a home escape plan, make 1 and practice it. Your plan should include knowing 2 ways out of every room and having a designated meeting place outside and away from your house.