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Concord Fire Department offers winter safety tips
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

According to a 2013-2015 study of home fires by the U.S Fire Administration, cooking (50.8 percent) and heating (10.8 percent) are the two leading causes of home fires. More than six of every ten home fires are caused by cooking or heating equipment. The Concord Fire Department offers the following important safety tips:

When cooking:

  • Outdoor grills should never be used inside while cooking food
  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove
  • NEVER use grills, stoves, or ovens to heat your home

Heating safety:

  • Allow 3 feet of clearance in all directions around space/portable heaters
  • Never place heaters on or near furniture and decorations
  • Space/portable heaters should be plugged directly in the electrical receptacle (never plugged into an extension cord)
  • Turn space/portable heaters OFF when you leave

Additional safety tips:
Check smoke alarms and replace the batteries and or unit if needed.  If your heating or cooking appliances use fuel (like natural gas or propane), make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms in the home. If you need assistance with checking or replacing these devices, contact the Fire Department at 704-920-5516.

For additional information on home fire safety please visit the U.S Fire Administration website at: usfa.fema.gov.


Peter L. Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
Phone: 704-920-5210
Email: franzese@concordnc.gov


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