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Title: Winter and Holiday Safety

Winter and Holiday Safety
  • By
  • Williston Fire Department

Importance Of Fire Safety
  • Fire kills more Americans than all natural
    disasters combined. Annually 4,000 people will
    lose their lives to fire.
  • Approximately 25,000 people will be injured by
    fire this year.
  • Each year during Dec 24th, 25th, and 26th there
    will be an estimated 12,000 fires.

A Clean Furnace
  • Faulty Heating systems cause 40 percent of all
    home fires during the winter months
  • A qualified individual should inspect your
    furnace, water heater, fuel lines, and gas
    pressure regulator every year.
  • DO NOT try to service your furnace if you are
    not qualified to do so.

A Clean Furnace
  • Furnace filters should be changed once a year or
    more if you have animals whose hair may become
    stuck in the filter.
  • When there is debris in your furnace, it is blown
    all around your home when your furnace runs.
    Then, you breathe this dirt and debris in.
  • A dirty furnace is one of the top reasons for
    furnace fires.

Clean Your Furnace
  • Remember to clean the area around your furnace,
    as well, because combustibles stored around the
    furnace are a huge fire hazard.

Clean Your Chimney
  • Before and after each heating season, you should
    clean your chimney.

Clean Your chimney
  • When cleaning your chimney, you should look for
    crumbling bricks, loose mortar, obstructions and
  • If you burn wood, you may need to clean your
    chimney more often depending on the type of wood
    being burned.

Clean your chimney
  • Always burn only well seasoned, hard wood. This
    will reduce the amount of creosote in your

Keeping Your Vent Pipes Clear
  • A heating system has a vent to get rid of the
    poisonous air that is made during combustion.
    When blocked, the hazardous gas may enter your
  • Some individual vents may be located only
    approximately 1-2 ft off the ground.
  • During a Vermont winter, a vent located so close
    to the ground will often become blocked with snow.

Keep Your Vent Pipes Clear
  • When the pipes are blocked, the harmful gases are
    unable to escape and are forced back into the

Space Heaters
  • Used improperly, a space heater is the most
    dangerous appliance in your house
  • Dont leave a space heater running when you leave
    the room.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from anything
    that might burn.

Space Heaters
  • Do not use extension cords with Space heaters as
    the high electrical current that is needed could
    melt the cord.
  • Do not use a stove as a method of heat, it is
    unvented which is dangerous to your health.

Holiday Safety
  • Each Year during the holiday season, fires injure
    2,600 individuals.

Holiday Safety
  • According to the USFA, Christmas trees will cause
    an estimated 200 fires this year alone resulting
    in 6 deaths, 25 injuries and 6 million dollars in
  • When selecting a Christmas tree, be sure to pick
    a fresh tree. To determine freshness, the needles
    should be green and hard to pull back from the
  • Be careful not to place your tree near a heat
    source, as it will dry out the tree more quickly
    increasing the chance for fire.

Holiday Safety
  • The tree should be given water frequently to help
    keep the tree fresh.
  • A Christmas tree should not be left up for more
    than 2 weeks.
  • Do not discard your tree by placing it in the
    stove or fireplace. You can dispose of your tree
    at the CSWD for free as long as tinsel and lights
    have been removed.

Williston Fire Department
  • If you have any questions, feel free to contact
    the Williston Fire Department at 878-5622 or
    visit us at 645 Talcott Rd Williston, VT.