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Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

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

*Install and test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month and have an escape plan.

*Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, woodstoves, space heaters or candles.

*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.

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

* Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away as possible from your house.