Winter Fire Safety Tips

Winter Safety Advice
Roseville firefighters hope to stay warm at home, but if history is an indication, winter can be their busiest time of the year. Firefighters offer some winter safety advice, to help prevent fires and other fire related dangers.
  • Be cautious when disposing of fire ashes. Coals can remain “hot” for several days. Place in a metal container and cover tightly. Do not place in a plastic trash can.
  • Do not burn charcoal indoors. Charcoal gives off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
  • Do not leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Do not run any cords under rugs or carpeting. The constant friction of walking over a rug can cause the cord to crack or break which could cause a short circuit and lead to a fire or electrocution.
  • Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire.
  • Use child-resistant lighters, but remember, child-resistant does not mean childproof.
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent sparks from jumping out.
  • Keep burning candles away from curtains, lampshades, blankets and other flammable objects.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from bedding, drapes, furniture or other flammable materials.
  • Make sure the fireplace fire is out completely before going to sleep. Do not close the damper if hot ashes are in the fireplace. This will force carbon monoxide into the home.
  • Only use space heaters that meet the latest safety standards and are certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriter's Laboratories (UL).
  • Place the space heater on a level, hard, nonflammable surface; do not place on rugs or carpets or on top of tables or countertops.
  • Turn the space heater off when you leave the area. Do not leave a space heater on while sleeping.