(KTVI)- Todd Phillips, Batallion Chief from the Robertson Fire Protection District, also a member of the Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri is here with some helpful reminders to keep your home and family safe during the winter months.
Todd says to be careful when using fireplaces, stoves, or space heaters to stay warm. Carbon monoxide poisoning and home fires are very real winter hazards.
He also shared nine ways to keep your home safe and warm during the cold winter months.
Ways to keep your home safe and warm:
1. Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and furnaces professionally inspected once a year
2. Never use a stove or oven to heat the home
3. Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended
4. Place a space heater on a hard, level, nonflammable surface. Do not put space heaters on rugs or carpets, near bedding or drapes, and keep children and pets away.
5. Be sure to turn off any portable heater when exiting a room or before heading to bed and look for a space heater model that shuts off automatically if the heater were to fall over.
6. When using a fireplace, use a glass or metal screen large enough to keep the sparks or from entering the room
7. Keep all flammable materials such as newspapers, matches, bedding, clothing, carpets and rugs at least three feet away from heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces and stoves
8. Specific to fuel-laden space heaters or heating equipment, always use the appropriate fuel specified by the manufacturer and appropriately vent to the outside to avoid the potential for CO2 poisoning
9. Test smoke alarms monthly
10. Blow candles out before exiting a room or heading to bed and avoid the use of candles in an area which may be used for sleep purposes
11. If the unthinkable were to occur, make sure everyone in the household is well aware of the applicable emergency escape routes within the home
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