December 14, 2009

News Release

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:

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.

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1500 • FAX: 417-864-1505 • springfieldmo.gov/fire