Protect Your Home in the Winter
Adhere to the following tips to ensure that your home is safe for the winter months:
Have your furnace checked for winter operation.
Have your fireplace flue or wood stove flue cleaned when creosote builds up to one-eighth of an inch.
Give space heaters a 36-inch empty space between the heater and anything else, especially combustible things like furniture, drapes, papers and people.
Never use an extension cord with a portable heater because it is a common cause of fires.
Check cords on appliances and lamps.
Replace frayed or cracked cords. If the cord gets hot, have the appliance checked out.
Purchase a carbon monoxide detector for your home if fossil fuels (wood, natural gas etc.) are used for heating (furnace, water heater, fireplace, etc.).
Store flammable liquids in approved safety containers. Flammable vapors are produced at cool temperatures and can be ignited easily.
Make and practice a home escape plan with your family. Knowing what to do if a fire occurs can save your life and the lives of your family. Know two ways out of each living space (living room, kitchen, family room, bedrooms, etc.) and have a meeting place outside.
For more tips, please call The Woodlands Fire Department at 281-367-3444.