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Need for Home Safety Heats Up in Winter
With cold winter months come the warm glow of fireplaces, wool socks and spending more time curled up at home. It also comes with snow-covered vents, frozen pipes and increased risks for fire.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, more home fires occur in the winter, and peak in January. The risk of carbon monoxide buildup inside homes also increases in the winter months. To help stay safe and snug all winter long, the Burnsville Fire Department offers the following tips:
Freeze Out Winter Fires
Keep doors and windows that could be used as an escape route clear of snow and ice.
Never use a blow torch to thaw frozen pipes.
Use flashlights, not candles if you lose power.
Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heat sources.
Do not use your oven to heat your home.
Do not use an extension cord to plug in a space heater.
Learn more about fireplace and heater safety.
Hydrants Need Three Feet
Shoveling a hydrant takes precious time away from battling a fire.
Firefighters need three feet around each hydrant, and a three-foot wide path leading from the street.
Adopt a hydrant or two in your neighborhood and make sure it is accessible after each snowfall.
If you are unable to shovel a hydrant on your property, ask a neighbor for help.
Learn more about the importance of shoveling around hydrants.
What to Know About CO
Install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home and within 10 feet or inside every bedroom.
CO can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, vomiting and disorientation. If a CO alarm sounds and/or you feel ill, call 9-1-1.
Clear snow and debris from furnace, dryer, fireplace or oven vents around your home to prevent CO buildup.
Test CO and smoke alarms monthly and replace them every 10 years.
Learn more about CO and CO detectors.
We Are the Burnsville Fire Department
The Burnsville Fire Department, which also serves as the City's ambulance and emergency medical services provider, protects a community of just over 60,000 residents.
"Everything we are, everything we do, we do for you. Our family protecting yours."
Take Action in Your Community
You never know when an emergency will arise. Your actions could save a life! Although the Burnsville Fire Department is just a phone call away, it's always a good idea to be prepared and know what to do in an emergency. Take a
, learn first aid, enroll in a
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course
, join the
Mobile Volunteer Network
and find additional ways to take action in your community. Whose life could you save?
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