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FOLLOWING IS a list of safety tips from the Catawba Island Fire Department in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal’s office to HELP make sure that you have a safe winter.

With the increased cost of fuel residents may be looking for alternative heating methods to help offset some of those bills. These reminders will help you focus on fire safety for the winter season.

Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector in the home along with operating smoke detectors located on all floors. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, potentially deadly gas produced by fuel burning equipment, such as furnaces, kerosene heaters or generators call the fire department should the alarm go off.


Allow enough clearance between a wood burning stove and combustible materials such as floors and ceilings

A wood stove should be placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and hot coals

Make sure the flue is open before lighting a fire, and never close the flue while a fire is still smoldering.

Use a fireplace screen to prevent any sparks from reaching out and lighting nearby objects.

Never use lighter fluid or gasoline to start a fire.

The immediate area in front of a fireplace [approximately 3 ft.] should not have a rug, carpet or exposed wood flooring.

When lighting a gas fireplace, strike your match first, then turn on the gas.

Use only dry, seasoned wood and dispose of the cooled ashes in a closed metal container outside of the home.

Never leave a fire burning unattended in the fireplace.

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