Preventing Home Fires

Unfortunately, the number of household fires increases in the winter.  We found these tips in the November edition of the BernCo at a Glance newsletter to prevent home fires.

As the weather gets colder, fires increase due to people trying to keep warm.  Here are some cold weather reminders for the home:

  • Make sure there is no carbon monoxide leakage.
  • Inspect heater cords for frays and/or damage. Do not use if damaged.
  • Plug the heater directly into the outlet and never use extension cords.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire or is damp or wet, and be sure to use only a flat, level floor surface.
  • Keep space heaters away from high-traffic areas, and never leave them unattended or in rooms with unsupervised children or pets.
  • Make sure the circuit where the heater is plugged in can handle the added demand.
  • Do not use charcoal or propane indoors.

Our next post will be about safely buying a used car!

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