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BGFD urges caution this heating season

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

The City of Bowling Green Fire Department urges caution as the Fall/Winter home heating season approaches. There are more than 3,500 citizens across the United States who perish each year in fires. The following tips are provided for overall safety.

1. Install at least one working smoke alarm. Test the alarm monthly and replace the battery at least once per year.

2. Do not overload circuits or extension cords. Do not place cords or wires under rugs, over nails/screws or in high traffic areas.

3. Portable heaters should be placed at least three feet away from any combustible material.

4. Keep in fire in the fireplace. Use fire screens and have the chimney cleaned  annually.

5. Kerosene heaters should be used with extreme caution. Never use gasoline or camp-stove fuel in these devices.

6. Plan an escape route from every room and select a location for all family members to meet after escaping from the house.

Fire Chief Don Nacke encourages everyone to be safe over the upcoming holiday season.

The Bowling Green Fire Department is located on Church Street next to city hall. The Department consists of thirteen volunteer firefighters.