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SFM encourages safe home heating practices as cold weather approaches

State Fire Marshal
Posted at 9:00 AM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 16:18:57-05

The State Fire Marshal's office is reminding all Louisiana residents to practice safe home heating as cold weather approaches the state.

The agency provided tips to safely heat a home to avoid potential fires and how to protect families from unseen threats like carbon monoxide.

See a list of tips after the post:

Safe-heating tips:

  • Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets
  • Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords
  • Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes
  • Don’t overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves
  • Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended
  • Have working smoke alarms in your home!

Carbon monoxide threats associated with home heating:

  • Clogged exhaust pipes for dryers, furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces
  • Running a vehicle inside of an enclosed garage, even if the garage door is open
  • Operating a portable generator in an enclosed space or near a window, door or vent

The SFM says their Operation Save-A-Life program partners with local fire departments and districts to provide FREE smoke alarm installations, at any time of the year, for families in need of assistance accessing the critical emergency-alert equipment.

The SFM is also emphasizes the importance of having planned and practiced escape routes for your home that include knowing two ways out of every room.

To register for a free smoke alarm, or learn more about Operation Save-A-Life, visit

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