All of us Minnesotans know winter storms can happen at any time. So far this season, the weather has been much milder than normal, which I am personally grateful for, although this week, it seems January is trying to take back her average chilly temps. It is no secret winter storms can cause all kinds of problems, even beyond making driving difficult. The risk of home fires increases in the winter more than in any other season. Here are some tips that will help keep you and your family safe from a winter fire.
Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way, you will know they are working. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights on hand. Also, have battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries. Never use candles.
Stay aware of winter weather.
Check on neighbors. Check on others who may need help.
Be ready if the heat stops working. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away.
Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room. Turn them off when you go to bed.
FACT: Nearly half of all space heater fires involve electric space heaters.
As you stay cozy & warm this winter season, be fire-smart.