Casper Fire-EMS: Fire Safety During Winter Storms

Submitted: Monday, Dec. 5th, 2016

Fire Safety During Winter Storms - From Casper Fire-EMS: 

- Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way you will know they are working. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test the alarms. 

- Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home. 

- Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters will be able to find you. 

- Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights on hand. Also have battery-powered  lighting and fresh batteries. Never use candles. 

- Stay aware of winter weather. Listen to the television or radio for updates. Watch for bulletins online. 

- Check on neighbors. Check on others who may need help. 

- Generators should be used outdoors. Keep them away from windows and doors. Do not run a generator inside your garage, even if the door is open. 

- Stay away from downed wires. Report any downed wires to authorities. 

- Be ready if the heat stops working. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away. 

- Turn potable heaters off when you leave the room. Turn them off when you go to bed. 

* There are more home fires in winter than in any other season. Half of all home heating fires happen in December, January and February