As winter arrives, Cedar Falls Fire Rescue reminds the community of the importance of following fire safety guidelines regarding smoke detectors and portable heaters. According to the State Fire Marshal, seven fire deaths were reported across Northeast Iowa during the week of November 14, 2022. Keep yourself, your co-workers, and your family safe with these tips:
- Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected (when one sounds, they all sound).
- Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms annually.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
- Children and pets should not sit closer than three feet in front of a space heater.
- Always place space heaters on a solid, flat surface and at least three feet away from any item that burns.
- Avoid placing heaters near curtains, tablecloths, or other flapping fabrics.
- Always make sure your space heater has an automatic shut-off switch, which forces the heater to shut off as soon as it reaches a dangerously high heat level.
- Inspect your space heater routinely for cracked or damaged cords and plugs.
- Never plug space heaters into extension cords or power strips; always plug directly into wall outlets.
Stay safe this winter, Cedar Falls!