Winter Fire Safety Tips
By Vista Fire Department
January 3, 2018

Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart!

Following are a few tips to help keep you and your family safe during this deep freeze:

-- Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January and February.

-- Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away as possible from your home.

-- Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

-- Heating equipment is involved in 1 in every 7 reported home fires and 1 in every 5 home fire deaths.

-- Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year. Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.

-- Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters.

-- Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.

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