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Stay safe while staying warm
In the wake of several local fires sparked by unsafe heating practices, officials are reminding that, as the weather gets colder, the risk of residential fires increases.
Half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February, according to information from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Make sure you stay not only warm but also safe this winter with these tips from the CDFFP:
• Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heating equipment such as furnace, fireplace, wood stove or space heater.
• Keep children three feet from a heating device.
• Turn off portable heaters when leaving a room or going to bed.
• Make sure fireplaces have sturdy screens to prevent sparks from escaping.
• Allow ashes to cool completely before disposing of them. Place ashes in tightly covered metal container at least 10 feet from a home or another building. Never empty ashes directly into a trash can.
• Never use your oven to heat your home.
• Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning if you are using fossil fuel heating.
• Make sure your home has working smoke alarms.
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