Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Safeguarding Your Home

By: 23 Storm Team/National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville
By: 23 Storm Team/National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville

The cold has arrived, and it's only going to get colder in the weeks and months ahead. Heaters are working full-time now in Stateline houses, and will continue to labor through the winter months. Now's the time to make sure that your house is fire-safe, and that your home's heating mechanisms are ready to handle what winter will be dealing.

The following, courtesy of the National Weather Service...

"Follow these tips from the Illinois State Fire Marshal and your local fire department to make your winter fire-safe. Have all heating equipment professionally checked and cleaned. Make sure heating units carry the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Always follow all manufacturers’ instructions. Place space heaters at least three feet from walls, furniture and other combustible items. Be sure wiring is sufficient for operating an electric heater. Use extension cords sparingly. Install and maintain smoke detectors.

A smoke detector that doesn't have a battery, doesn't work, and won't save your life. A working smoke detector is your first line of defense in the event of a fire. Be sure to clean and maintain your smoke detector. Replace the battery at least once or twice a year and be sure to test your smoke detector regularly. Have a fire-safe winter."

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