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Cooler weather safety tips

Date: December 4, 2017

As cooler weather becomes more frequent, the City of Friendswood Fire Marshal’s Office reminds everyone to use caution and reduce the risk of fire from heating equipment.

--Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment like the furnace, fireplace, or space heater.

--Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

--Do not plug space heaters into extension cords.

--Never use your oven to heat your home.

--Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected yearly by a qualified professional.

--Remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.

--Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

--Do not use BBQ grills or other items not designed for indoor use to heat your home.

--Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.

--Ensure ashes are completely cool before putting them in the trash.

--Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Repair or replace smoke alarms that do not function.

--Ensure a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is installed and functioning in the home if a fuel fired heater is in operation. This includes fire places and natural gas heating systems.

For additional safety information and tips sheets, go to the National Fire Protection Association’s website at: http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education. For local information, contact the Friendswood Fire Marshal’s Office at 281-996-3335 or eoc@friendswood.com