MCFRS News Release

One of the Busiest Times of the Year for Fire Fighters

Check Home and Business Heating Systems

As cold temperatures again begin to embrace the Metro area this weekend, the men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service offer some safety tips. During the winter months, which are typically the busiest time of the year for firefighters, home heating systems, heating equipment (including fireplaces) and associated electrical systems continue to be significant factor in structural fires in Montgomery County. Many of these fires can be prevented. The following fire safety tips and information can help you maintain a fire safe home and business this winter.

Give space heaters space!

WOOD STOVES AND FIREPLACES

Wood stoves and fireplaces are becoming a very common heat source in homes, especially with the rising cost of home heating fuel. Careful attention to safety can minimize their fire hazard. To use them safely:

FURNACE HEATING

It's important that you have your furnace inspected to insure that it is in good working condition.

OTHER IMPORTANT FIRE SAFETY TIPS:

FINALLY...

Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm, have an escape plan - get out - stay out!

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES!