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SFM offers tips for heater use: It's about to get cold!

Posted at 6:52 PM, Nov 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-29 19:52:06-05

If you haven’t felt that temperature drop at your home yet, it’s coming, and the State Fire Marshal is offering tips to safely heat your home.

Here are the tips offered in the SFM Facebook post:

  • 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

The SFM’s 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.

In addition to having working smoke alarms, the SFM also emphasizes the importance of having planned and practiced escape routes for the 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

Here's the Facebook post: