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Winter can mean increased fire danger in homes

Santa Cruz Sentinel –

An organization representing the fire sprinkler industry is reminding people of the dangers of fire during the winter months.

“With the increased use of fireplaces and home heating systems during the winter months, families need to take the proper precautions to prevent potentially dangerous fire situations,” said John Viniello, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association. “We believe that if everyone takes a few moments to review fire safety techniques and protocols with their loved ones, lives will be saved and potential tragedies avoided.”

The organization has issued a list of fire safety tips to keep people safe throughout the winter.

—Keep a watchful eye on space heaters, and make sure there is at least three feet of clear space around them when in operation. Do not leave a space heater on unattended.

—Keep flammable liquids free from heating sources, and store them in a cool location. Also, keep them separate from other stored items such as paper products and cloth materials.

—Check to make sure smoke detectors are working properly

—Keep an up-to-date list of emergency fire, police, and medical phone numbers near your telephone.

—Develop an escape plan with your family from multiple rooms within your home, both upstairs and downstairs. Take time to review the escape plan with your family, including a practice fire drill.

The fire sprinkler association also suggests installing residential fire sprinklers to protect people and property. More information about residential fire sprinklers can be found at www.nfsa.org.

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