With temperatures well below freezing, the Chandler Volunteer Fire Department is starting to see folks having issues with frozen pipes underneath and inside their homes. Also, there is an obvious increase in the use of space heaters and forced-air heaters.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
1. If you’re using any type of heater other than electric (propane, kerosene, etc.), be sure the area it is used in is well ventilated.
2. Make sure you have a clear area around and in front of the heater. Most home fires in the winter are started from some sort of heating element catching something else on fire.
3. DO NOT LEAVE ANY SPACE HEATER UNATTENDED. If you will be leaving your home, please turn these heaters off.
4. Keep heaters out of reach of children!
5. If you are using heaters to thaw frozen pipes, keep a close eye on the area you are trying to thaw. Make sure your heat intensity is low enough and distance between heater and thawing pipe is high enough so you don’t catch surrounding framing, flooring, cabinets, etc. on fire. Having a sink that won’t work is bad. Having a house catch fire is worse!
Stay safe and warm out there. Looks like if we can hold out for 3 or 4 more days, things will move from the “frigid” level up to the “just plain cold” mark!