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"Defining" Moments with Sherry: Winter Hazards

House on fire

Did you know that this time of year is the most prominent for home fires? Why you say? It’s much colder outside, so you are outside less and spend the majority of your time in your home staying warm by that cozy fire. So, you have the lights on, furnace turned up and you are probably sitting in front of the television catching up on your shows with your laptop on your lap.

This means your house is more susceptible to a house fire. You cold be like me; I go through my house and make sure that everything is unplugged that does not need to be plugged in. You should take some time out of your busy schedule and walk through your house inspecting outlets, power strips and appliance cords to make sure they are all safe and free of any sort of damage.

If you are using a space heater make sure that it is plugged in to the wall outlet directly and not into an extension cord or power strip. Space heaters may not have a flame, but they still need their space from combustibles. Most heating appliances require at least 3 feet from flammable objects.

Another thing that should be inspected is your chimney. This should be done at least once a year, but depending on the fuel source, it may be required more often. Check with your local chimney sweep for more details.

Now, let’s get fire safety on our minds!!!

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