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Posted on: December 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Fire Safety this Season

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Roseville firefighters want you to stay safe this holiday season, but if history is an indication, this could be their busiest time of the year. Firefighters offer winter safety advice to help prevent fires.

  • Keep a screen in front of the fireplace to prevent sparks from flying out.
  • Make sure a fireplace fire is out completely before going to sleep. Do not close the damper if hot ashes are in the fireplace. This forces carbon monoxide into the home.
  • Do not burn charcoal indoors. Charcoal gives off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
  • Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire.
  • Use child-resistant lighters, but remember, child-resistant does not mean childproof.
  • Keep burning candles away from curtains, lampshades, blankets and other flammable objects. Blow them out before leaving a room.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from flammable materials, and only use space heaters that meet safety standards and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriter's Laboratories (UL).
  • Turn the space heater off when leaving an area. Do not leave it on while sleeping, and do not use an extension cord with a space heater.

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