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SFM provides top tips on staying warm and safe during this cold holiday

State Fire Marshal
Posted at 12:06 PM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 13:35:14-05

With chilly temperatures in Acadiana this Christmas, the State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding residents to be safe when getting warm.

For a look at the temperatures in Acadiana, click here

The SFM provided their top home heating safety tips. They are as follows:

  • 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 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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Posted by Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal on Thursday, December 24, 2020

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