Pointe Coupee Parish Fire Chief gives heating tips for winter safety

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NEW ROADS, La (BRPROUD) – Pointe Coupee Parish Fire District 5 Chief Pedro Leonard has given safety tips on heating.

The fire department says that heating was the second leading cause of home fires after cooking. According to U.S. Fire Administration, there were 53 home fire deaths in 2021 for Louisiana.

Read more of Leonard’s tips below.

Heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in two of every five fires (40%). Here is everything you need to know about keeping your family and home safe from fire this winter season!

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heaters.

Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

Never use your oven to heat your home.

Always use the right kind of fuel for fuel burning space heaters.

Test smoke alarms at least once a month. You can also contact your local fire department if you need a new smoke alarm installed.

Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into other rooms.

PCPFD5 Chief Pedro Leonard

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