FEMA Fire Tips
Here in Northeast Missouri, we have been getting some freezing cold days! Between the frigid winds and the snow piling up, we’re doing all we can to stay warm and cozy inside. We have fires going in fire places, candles lit, space heaters running full blast. All this, of course, means we have to be extra vigilant about fire safety! Here are some helpful tips from FEMA (for more, visit their website www.usfa.fema.gov/winter): “Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters. Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible. Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance (like a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time. Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings. Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.” We want your home to be as safe as possible, however we know accidents happen and that sometimes these things are just out of our control, no matter how careful. If disaster strikes, we are always here to help!