Please shovel out any hydrants that are near your homes or apartments. The time saved by firefighters in an emergency situation could help save a life.
Please be sure to get your chimney inspected every year for damage and buildup. Chimney fires can be prevented by a good maintenance schedule.
Fireplaces and chimneys need to be maintained, and ashes should be placed in a fireproof, metal container before disposing of them.
When packing away your holiday decorations, be sure to leave adequate room near furnaces and other utility equipment in basements and storage rooms. This will prevent ignition of stored decorations by a malfunction of the heating equipment.
Be careful on slippery sidewalks and roads. A slip and fall could land you in the hospital.
Be careful while driving and keep a small emergency kit in your vehicle that includes things like a blanket and a shovel. If you get stuck in a snowbank or ditch, do not wander far from your vehicle because it can protect you from wintry weather. Carry a mobile telephone with you for emergencies, if at all possible. Remember that all mobile phones can dial '911', even if they have been disconnected, and will get you in touch with authorities.
Candles need to be watched while they are burning. Never leave a candle unattended. Be sure to keep candles out of reach of children and pets. The warm glow of a candle is beautiful on a winter evening, but the glow of a house fire is much less inviting.
If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, leave your home and call '911' immediately. Stay out of the home until the fire department determines if the house is safe to enter.