Keep Your Home Warm AND Safe This Winter

January 28, 2015


San Juan County Winter home fire safety

Every homeowner in San Juan County will need to find the most efficient way to keep their home warm this winter. Whether your heat source is a woodstove, fireplace or furnace; accidents can happen.  During the winter months, we all have a greater chance of having a home fire or fire related accident from heating, cooking, candles and more. As a reminder to keep yourself and your family safe this winter, we wanted to provide you with a few home fire safety tips.

Fireplace Safety

  1. Clean your chimney once a year. Check out the National Fire Protection Association for more information.
  2. Do not burn wet wood.
  3. Use a fireplace screen.

Woodstove safety

  1. Use only factory venting systems.
  2. Have a buffer zone around the woodstove for trip and fall safety.
  3. Place a pot of water on your stove to prevent your home from getting too dry.
  4. Clean the woodstove regularly.
  5. Use proper fuel; hardwoods, such as maple, beech, ash, hickory, or oak, are the best fuel for a wood stove.


  1. Never leave burning candles unattended; always keep burning candles in sight.
  2. Never leave candles lit overnight or while gone.
  3. Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use.

Have a charged fire extinguisher close at hand at all times. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers free safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. Download, print and share these tip sheets to spread the word about fire safety; HERE

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