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Preparing for winter weather, tips from Lafayette Fire Department

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

Winter weather already seems to be moving in full force these past few days, and Lafayette firefighters want residents to be prepared. 

Below are some tips to keep your family warm and safe during frigid temperatures this winter.

  • Do not use a stove or oven to heat your home.
    • They can cause fires or gas leaks.  
  • If you are using a fireplace, keep an eye on it and remove objects from the area.
  • You should keep at least three feet of space between your space heater and other objects in the room.
    • Never use a unit with a damaged part or cord.

"Because utilizing a space heater that has issues or that isn't working properly... or the extension cord is damaged, don't do that because that's where the fire's going to start," said Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan. "Unfortunately, these fires are going to happen in the middle of the night, and that's where someone has a tendency to get hurt or injured real bad."

Other tips for preparing your home for winter weather include the following:

  • Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
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