Winter fire prevention tips
The Orwigsburg Fire Department and its Fire Chief Jesse Zimmerman wish residents, businesses, and visitors a healthy and safe new year. To help ensure that
wish, the emergency respondents urge all to heed the following fire prevention measures. .
• Have your furnace, chimneys, and vents serviced by a certified technician at the beginning of the heating season.
• Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors/alarms and test them monthly.
• The nation returns to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10. The time change of clocks in your home is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
• Always cover your fireplace with a screen to prevent flying sparks and embers. Do not burn trash or Christmas wrapping paper in fireplaces.
• Beware of lit candles. Although they look very nice from the outside, candles are one of the leading causes of fire in the winter months.
• Space heaters are secondary heat sources and should be used in that manner with particular precautions. When using a space heater, keep all combustibles, pets, and children away from the heater. A heater’s use should be monitored at all times. Adding fuel to space heaters should not be done indoors and only when the unit has cooled.
Statistics show that every day, seven people die and 36 are injured in home fires, most in the absence of working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. More than $7 billion in property damage results from structure fires each year.