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Fire safety tips for cold weather issued

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah Fire and Emergency Services urges residents to exercise fire safety during severe winter weather.

Space heaters:

  • Never use a powered-heating device inside a closed structure. Propane and kerosene powered heaters emit carbon monoxide, which can accumulate rapidly in an enclosed area and have deadly results. 
  • Never use gasoline in any space heater.
  • Check the owner manual for general maintenance and cleaning instructions.
  • Before using space heaters, inspect them for proper operation and damage, including the power cord. It is more economical to replace older units than to have them repaired.
  • SFES maintains that newer heaters are safer and more economical to operate.
  • SFES recommends disposing of old heaters so they cannot be reused by someone else.

Gasoline powered equipment:

  • Do not store flammable liquids inside the home or in an attached garage or shed. This includes any unused fuel still in the motor's fuel tanks.
  • Store tanks, flammable liquids away from your home or drain excess fuel out of the tank before storing.

Smoke detectors maintenance:

  • Smoke detectors require basic maintenance such as battery replacement to make sure they will work properly.
  • Relocate units closer to, or inside sleeping areas to prevent false alarms.
  • Replace the battery when necessary or once a year.
  • Clean dust and cob webs from around the cover to let air flow inside.
  • Replace units that are 10 years old, or if reliability is in question.
  • Push the test button once a month to make sure it works properly.

Have a fire escape plan:

  • Create and practice a fire escape plan for your family.

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  • Designate one meeting place for everyone to gather after evacuating.
  • Children need to know how to save themselves when no one can help them.
  • Practice the plan once a year or anytime living arrangements change in the home.
  • SFES recommends getting chimneys inspected if they burn wood, gas oil or coal or have a wood burning stove to reduce the fire hazard.

SFES offers free smoke detectors and installation for homeowners within the city of Savannah. Savannah firefighters also will perform home safety checks to help minimize fire dangers in the home. Contact SFES at 912.651.6756 to schedule either of these services.

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