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From the Chiefs Desk

Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year

Holiday Season Fire Safety Tip #4

Portable Space Heater Safety Tips 

During cold weather, homeowners often turn to space heaters to stay warm and supplement their central heating system. While space heaters can provide extra comfort, they are also a safety hazard if used improperly. In fact, portable heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. By following these simple precautions, you can stay warm and safe all winter long.

Choosing a space heater.   Space heaters are fueled by kerosene or gas, while electric units are also available. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends you select a unit that is certified for safe operation by the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) or another nationally recognized testing organization. Look for heaters with a guard around the flame or heating element. This will help to keep children, pets and clothing away from the heat source.

Consider the size of the area you want to heat. A heater that is too small or too large for an area can waste energy without providing the extra comfort you need.

11 Safe Operating Practices

In addition to following all manufacturer's instructions for starting, operating and storing your heater, heed these additional safety precautions:

  1. Avoid using fuel-fired heaters in small spaces or poorly ventilated areas to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.  
  2. When using a fuel-fired heater in an enclosed area, install a carbon monoxide detector to alert you to dangerous levels.
  3. Keep children and pets away from space heaters. Some heaters have very hot surfaces. Children should not be permitted to adjust the controls or move the heater.
  4. Place heaters at least three feet away from bedding, furniture and drapes. Never use heaters to dry clothes or shoes. Do not place heaters where towels or other objects could fall on the heater and start a fire.
  5. Make sure your heater is placed on a level, hard, nonflammable surface—not on rugs or carpets.
  6. Never use or store flammable liquids around a space heater. The vapors can be ignited by the open flame or an electrical spark.
  7. Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep or leave the area. For fuel-fired heaters, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide could accumulate or uncontrolled burning could cause a fire.
  8. For fuel-fired heaters, only use the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. For example, never attempt to use gasoline in a kerosene heater.
  9. Store heater fuel outside of your home in a container designed to hold flammable liquid.
  10. Do not attempt to use electric heaters in wet places, such as a bathroom, unless they are certified for that purpose. Corrosion or damage to heater parts may cause a fire or electric shock.
  11. When plugging in electric heaters, avoid using an extension cord. Do not hide cords under rugs or carpet.  

Keep your heater in safe working condition. Do not attempt to operate a damaged unit in your home. As a precaution, have your heater inspected once a year by a qualified professional.






Holiday Season Fire Safety Tip #3

Winter Safety

Even though Black Friday is over and the hordes of disgruntled shoppers have gone home, the holiday season is still a dangerous time of year.

There are about 128,700 fires each December, most of which are holiday-related, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

More than 230 fires alone are caused by Christmas trees. And those tree fires on average cause six civilian deaths, 22 civilian injuries and $18.3 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

To enjoy this holiday season without worrying about a dry tree sparking a flame or a bit-too-crisp cooking adventure leading to disaster, check out the following tips for a safe celebration.

  • Christmas Trees
  • Place trees at least three feet away from heat sources.
  • Avoid over-decorating the tree.
  • Never put a lit candle on a Christmas tree.
  • Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • If using a real tree, throw it away when it becomes dry.
  • Lighting
  • Inspect all lighting – indoor and outdoor – before plugging it in.
  • Following the lighting instructions on the number of strands to connect.
  • Never leave lights on when no one is home.
  • Never leave a lit candle unattended.
  • Keep lit candles away from flammable decorations.
  • Check for fraying wires or other damage on electrical decoration wiring.
  • Cooking
  • Don’t leave any cooking projects unattended.
  • Keep a close eye on any open flames.
  • Keep any cloth or other flammable materials away from the stove or oven.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of a fire.
  • Decorations
  • Keep decorations away from plugs and other heat sources.
  • Move stockings or any decorations before starting a fire in a fireplace.
  • Be especially careful when using a fireplace.
  • Electric Heaters
  • Follow precautions listed on the electric heater instructions.
  • Make sure that any unattended electric heater is turned off



Holiday Season Fire Safety Tip #2

Candle Fire Safety

Candles are being used in 70% of America’s homes for their fragrance, focal point of décor and aromatherapy-like relaxation and stress reduction.  Many say that candles make a room comfortable and cozy.  Candles are also used in the religious ceremonies of many faiths.

But nearly 10,000 residential fires are caused each year by the careless or inappropriate use of candles.

  • Bedroom fires caused 32% of deaths associated with candle fires and 47% of associated injuries.
  • On average, 25 home candle fires are reported per day.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.
  • More than half (58%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations, compared to 4% the rest of the year.


Follow these tips on using candles safely.

Always keep a burning candle within sight.
     Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing

Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
     Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.

Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning.
     Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.

Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use.
     The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
     This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.

Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully.
     Don't burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.

Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents.
     This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.

Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
     Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a "tight" home where air exchange is limited.

Don't burn a candle all the way down.
     Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.

Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.

Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder.
     It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.

Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another.
     This helps ensure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning.

Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle.
     It's the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.

Never extinguish candles with water.
The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.

Be very careful if using candles during a power outage.
     Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure.

Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high.
     The candle isn't burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.

Never use a candle as a night light.





This is the first of several Fire Safety Tips that will be communicated during the Holiday Season.

Fried turkeys are delicious, but they come with a slew of safety issues. Thousands of fires as well as many deaths and injuries happen each year due to turkey fryer fires. Before you set up your turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, remember these safety tips.


  1. Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.

  2. Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.

  3. Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.

  4. Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats.

  5. Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.





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