Valuable Winter Safety Tips to Help You and Your Family

Taking precautions this holiday season can help you and your family enjoy this time, rather than encounter a potential disaster.

Winter Safety Tips
Heater safety, Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors

With the arrival of a cold front in our city, El Paso Fire Department Officials remind the public how important it is to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent heating fires in the home. Many of these fires and injuries can be prevented through proper use and maintenance of heating systems and equipment.

Heater Safety Tips
Heating is the second leading cause of all residential building fires (behind cooking fires) and is most prevalent in the winter months when the use of central heating systems, portable heaters, and fireplaces is most common. Over one quarter of residential building heating fires result from improper maintenance of heating equipment, specifically the failure to clean the equipment. Kitchen Safety Tips
Cooking and baking those special holiday treats and meals is a favorite past-time for many. Take precautions to be safe when making those preparations.
  1. Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove when food is cooking.
  2. Avoid loose-fitting clothing
  3. Never leave food unattended when cooking
  4. Always turn pot handles inward
  5. Don't store combustibles items on the stove (e.g. potholders, hand towels)
  6. Don't use electrical appliances near water and unplug them after use
  7. Don't overload electrical outlets
  8. Have an all purpose extinguisher nearby
  9. Be sure the kitchen is well ventilated to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide from gas cooking appliances