Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

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Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires.

Remind residents about safe heating with space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces with these key messages and outreach materials:

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

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

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


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.

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


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.

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