• Arizona
  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

Area Info

San Tan Valley Area Information

2 minutes reading time (413 words)

Rural Metro Shares Some Winter Fire Safety Tips


Rural Metro Fire encourages you to put a Freeze on winter house fires. During the months of January, February, and March residential house fires increase by over 10%. Annually, over 100,000 residential fires are reported during the winter months. Those fires result in almost 1000 deaths, over 3,500 injuries, and cost over $1.9 billion in property damage. 

Where are you most likely to experience a fire? In the kitchen. Cooking fires account for over 40% of the house fires reported and 20% of the fires reported started in the kitchen or cooking areas. The leading factor in the ignition of many winter fires is a heat source too close to combustible material.

Putting a freeze on winter home fires begins with you. Follow these tips to prevent a winter home fire. 

  • Maintain a (3) three-foot space around any heat source. Fireplace- give it space. Radiator- give it space. Space heater- well give it space. Candle- give it space.
  • Never use an oven or stove top to heat a home. 
  • Turn off space heaters or gas fireplaces before going to bed or leaving the house. 
  • Maintain heating equipment, including chimneys, flues, and furnaces by having them inspected and cleaned regularly. 
  • Check SMOKE ALARMS. Change the batteries twice a year. Test the unit to make sure it is functioning. 
    • Smoke alarms have a 10 year manufactures life span. After 10 years they need to be replaced. Rural Metro Fire offers members assistance in replacing batteries and expired alarms. 
  • Have a fire extinguisher. Have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen and on every level of your home. Check the extinguisher for an expiration and that it is charged. 
  • Add a carbon monoxide alarm to your home. 

The second most important to thing to have, besides working smoke alarms, is a family escape plan. 

  • Develop a family escape plan- how to get out of your house in the event of a fire.
  • Know two ways out. 
  • Plan how to assist elderly or disabled family members. 
  • Designate a family meeting place. 
  • Practice your escape plan with your family.

** Rural Metro Fire offers members an annual home safety inspection, including assistance in developing a fire escape plan.

Sign up for your Rural Metro Fire Department membership and save 20% Off* your first THREE year's membership (including enrolling in auto-pay).

Font size: +
Intermittent lane closures on Gantzel to start Feb...
Letter to the Editor: Can we heal?


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Saturday, 27 November 2021
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://santanvalley.com/

Stay Connected

Champion Charter School

Champion Charter School

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
J.M. Kuhstoss Remodeling Pros

J.M. Kuhstoss Remodeling Pros

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
Pan de Vida Foundation

Pan de Vida Foundation

Queen Creek, Maricopa County

Daily News

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar

Upcoming Events

28 Nov
11.28.2021 12:00 pm

It's time for Bingo at the San Tan Valley...

Read more

29 Nov

Snowdon Partners is requesting to rezone the...

Read more

30 Nov
San Tan Leads Meeting
11.30.2021 7:30 am - 9:00 am

San Tan Leads is a one person per industry...

Read more

30 Nov
Story Station
11.30.2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Mr. Library for storytime for children aged...

Read more

30 Nov
San Tan Seniors: Game Day
11.30.2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Why should kids have all the fun? Join us to...

Read more

Local Supporters


Advertise your business to hundreds of thousands of potential customers, while supporting your local news resource at the same time. Our Partners help us provide you with services and information to help keep you informed.

Become A Partner

Follow Us

Our San Tan Valley Community Keeps Growing!

San Tan Valley News

About SanTanValley.com

About SanTanValley.com