For Immediate Release
Winter Fire Safety Tips
A weekend fire that destroyed a house in west Springfield, but fortunately avoided injury or loss of life, offers a reminder that the winter months and holiday period create the greatest fire risks of the year.
The most significant risks result from the use of alternative heating sources such as space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces as well as the increased use of candles during the holiday season.
The U.S. Fire Administration offers a series of safety tips for residences. Some examples include:
- Safe use of wood stoves and fireplaces, including burning the stove hot twice a day to prevent creosote building, not using flammable liquids to start and never breaking a synthetic log apart because they can burn unevenly and release higher levels of carbon monoxide.
- Ideas for maintaining your furnace in good working order by having a professional inspection, checking your chimney for cracks or loose bricks and keeping trash and other combustibles away from the heating system.
- Tips such as not overloading a circuit with an electric heating device, using the right size of extension cord and avoiding use of electric space heaters in bathrooms where they may come in contact with water.
The full guide to Winter Safety Tips is available on the City Web site at: www.springfieldmo.gov/fire/pdfs/winterFires.pdf
For more information, contact: Co-Interim Fire Chief Randy Villines, 864-1527.