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With freezing temperatures headed to Granbury this weekend, the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department wants to remind everyone to be careful when starting fires or using space heaters.
“More fires happen in the winter months than any other time of year,” said GVFD Chief Matt Hohon. “During the cold months, we spend more time indoors and use different methods to heat our homes.”
“It’s important to keep fire safety in mind when you are heating your home,” he said.
Hohon said there three types of heat sources that are especially exasperating for firefighters at this time of the year, and there are special precautions for each:
PORTABLE HEATERS –
WOOD STOVES –
Lastly, the GVFD warns that there is an “invisible killer” that sometimes comes with these and other types of heating sources … Carbon Monoxide. CO is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas that kills more than 150 people in the U.S. every year.
Accidental CO poisoning can come from generators or fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces, and breathing CO at high levels can kill you. The GVFD recommends placing CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of increasing CO levels. Place alarms in central areas, outside each bedroom, and on every level of your home.
And as always, the GVFD encourages placing smoke alarms on every level of a home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas, and then test them every month. Residents should also have a home fire escape plan and practice those plans at least twice a year.
“Make sure everyone knows how to escape your home if there is a fire,” Hohon emphasized.
Facts about home heating fires:
Source: Heating Fires in Residential Buildings (2013-2015)
For further questions or more information, please contact Granbury Volunteer Fire Department Administrative Assistant Heather Wall at email@example.com or 817-579-1111. You can also contact Granbury Public Information Officer Alex Southern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-573-6764.