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When the temperatures fall, many people use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances to heat their homes. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fires in the U.S. Fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners account for 87 percent of these tragedies and are often due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. The U.S. Fire Administration encourages these steps and more to keep your home fires burning safely:

EVACUATION & FIRE ESCAPE EQUIPMENT, SYSTEMS & SUPPLIES FIRE! Nobody wants to hear this, but if you do; Are You Ready? Everyone knows you need Fire Extinguishers and Smoke/CO2 Alarms, but what about Fire Resistant Document Bags, Escape ladders for exiting a burning building during a fire or other catastrophe, fire blankets, burn kits and supplies, or even Fire and Evacuation Safety training materials? Fire is the most common disaster to strike... are you and your loved ones ready? EVACUATION & FIRE ESCAPE EQUIPMENT, SYSTEMS & SUPPLIES
  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned yearly by a certified chimney specialist;
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out;
  • Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire; and
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating sources.

Home fires occur more often in the winter months than any other time of the year. Learn how to properly build and maintain a fire to heat your home with this video series hosted by the National Fire Academy Deputy Superintendent. The series includes an overview on inspecting your fireplace, appropriate materials to burn, and how to control the fire to prevent unwanted accidents.

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