State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Safe Home Heating Practices

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BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (SFM) is reminding all residents to practice safe home heating as our state prepares for some of the coldest temperatures predicted this winter.

The top safe-heating tips we are offering families, which can also be found in a video on our agency’s social media sites, include:

Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets
Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords
Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes
Don’t overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves
Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended
Have working smoke alarms in your home!

In addition, the SFM wants residents to be aware of unseen carbon monoxide threats associated with home heating:

Clogged exhaust pipes for dryers, furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces
Running a vehicle inside of an enclosed garage, even if the garage door is open
Operating a portable generator in an enclosed space or near a window, door or vent

The SFM’s Operation Save-A-Life program partners with local fire departments and districts to provide FREE smoke alarm installations, at any time of the year, for families in need of assistance accessing the critical emergency-alert equipment.

In addition to having working smoke alarms, the SFM also emphasizes the importance of having planned and practiced escape routes for your home that include knowing two ways out of every room.

To register for a free smoke alarm, or learn more about Operation Save-A-Life, visit lasfm.org.