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  • Writer's pictureCarole Chantler

Stop winter home fires


Statistically, the peak months for home fires are between December and February. Fires can spike on Saturdays and Sundays between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.


Here are some tips to keep your home safe.


ONLY BURN DRY WOOD

- using treated or painted wood will increase the risk of fire by giving off chemicals

- make sure wood is completely dry


CLEAN YOUR CHIMNEY

- should be cleaned at least twice a year

- also, before lighting the fireplace for the first make sure it is free from obstructions etc.


CHECK SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES

- in the winter months, they should be checked once a month


USE A SCREEN IN FRONT OF YOUR FIREPLACE

- if you have carpeting or wood floors in front of your fireplace, use a screen to prevent logs from rolling out or sparks from igniting carpets.


CHECK WATER HEATER

- as they age, the element or thermostat can wear out which could cause a flash fire, especially in a windy area.


CLEAN OUT DRYER VENTS

- you should clean out the duct connected to the back of the dryer at least once a year. Flammable lint can collect in there.


ADD FIREWOOD SLOWLY

- you are better to add firewood slowly instead of all at once.


OPEN DAMPER AND FIREPLACE DOORS

- it is important to keep the fireplace doors and damper open to circulate the heat through the room.


KEEP HEATED AREAS CLEAR

- don't place anything in front of a fireplace or space heater. It could cause a fire.

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