Fire Safety During Winter Storms

Winter weather is headed for Newport News, and with that comes a number of safety concerns – not just outdoors! Know what to do before, during and after a storm to help keep you and your family safe from a winter fire. Here are a few fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a monthPlan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear your driveway and front walk of ice and snow to provide easy access to your home.Make sure your house number can be seen from the street so if you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.Use flashlights instead of candles.Check on neighbors and 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 portable heaters off when you leave the room and when you go to bed. Only plug one heater into a wall outlet at a time and never use an extension cord. There are more home fires during winter than any other season. Be particularly safe as you use heat producing appliances. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart! 

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