Fire County Fire and Rescue Offers Winter Safety Tips | Print |

The Fulton County Fire and Rescue Department is encouraging residents to stay warm safely during the current winter weather.

Fulton County fire officials advise residents to follow these guidelines
when heating their homes.   

Fireplaces
• Keep the area around the hearth clear of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
• Leave the glass fireplace doors open while you are burning a fire. Close the doors when the fire is out.
• Always use a mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have glass doors.
• Do not use excessive amounts of paper when lighting a fire.
• Avoid using liquid fire starter or other flammable liquids to start a fire.

Electric heaters
•         Keep the electric heater at least three feet away from any combustible materials (furniture, draperies, walls, etc).
•         Electric heaters should be placed in the middle of the room or in an open area.
•         Do not leave an electric heater unattended.
•         Do not go to sleep with an electric heater running.
•         Always unplug electric heaters when not in use.

Candles, grills, ovens
•         Do not use a grill or an oven as a heat source.
•         Do not leave candles unattended.
 
One of the best ways to protect your home from fire is to install a smoke detector on each level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Residents are encouraged to test their smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries every six months. For more information, log on to www.fultoncountyga.gov or contact the Fulton County Fire and Rescue Department at 404-612-8907.
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