First Frost Safety Tips

It doesn’t feel like it yet, but the first cold snap of the year isn’t far away.

That means we will soon be turning up our heaters and fire places to keep warm.

There are a few things you need to know before hand to keep your family safe from fire hazards.

  • Firefighters say now is the time to get chimneys and heating units inspected. The Chimney safety Institute of America recommends getting your chimney inspected before you use it.
  • Experts say you should get your furnace and systems inspected twice a year.
  • Your air filter should also be changed our once a month.
  • Firefighters say it’s a good rule of thumb to keep a 3 foot clear space around all hearing units to prevent anything from catching fire.
  • And above all, you should make sure your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are working well. If you don’t have them, firefighters say you should contact your local fire department to find out how to get them.

All of these precautions,firefighters believe, will save lives this coming winter.

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