THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Fire Rescue says “Stay warm and heat safe”. Firefighters would just as soon not be out in the cold. With the extreme cold temperatures upon us, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds residents to practice safe heating in their homes. Have all chimneys cleaned and inspected annually. Have your heating system inspected annually by a qualified service technician. Install a Carbon Monoxide alarm to alert you to the presence of the deadly gas. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
Burn clean, dry wood to reduce the risk of creosote build-up and use a fire screen around fireplaces to protect your home from sparks. Allow ashes to cool before emptying them into a metal container with a tight fitting lid and keep the container outside.
And…test your smoke alarm! It’s the law to have a working smoking alarm on every storey of your home, and outside all sleeping areas.