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Posted on: October 30, 2019

RESIDENTS URGED TO PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER

During the initial blast of winter weather each year, first responders in the City of Temple see an uptick in home heating-related calls. With freezing temperatures expected to move into the area tonight and last into the weekend, Fire & Rescue crews are urging residents to check their furnaces, chimneys and space heaters to make sure things are in working order.

The top three calls each year include:
•    Burning smells related to furnaces/heaters being turned on for the first time;
•    Smoke filling homes due to chimney flues not being properly opened or cleaned before use;
•    Fires started by floor furnaces covered by rugs or other materials, or by space heaters being turned on and left unattended.
Here are some tips to make sure your family stays safe during this upcoming arctic blast.
•    Get your HVAC system and fireplace flues cleaned and inspected.
•    Remove any combustible materials away from heat-producing appliances such as furnaces or space heaters.
•    Do not use space heaters as a primary heating source. If you are using a space heater, plug it into an outlet directly. Do not use an extension cord of any size.
•    If you have a gas furnace or gas appliances, make certain you have a functional carbon monoxide detector in your home.
•    If you have frozen pipes, do not use a torch or other open flame to try and thaw them.
•    Turn off your lawn sprinkler systems during freezing weather.
•    Do not put ashes from fireplaces in plastic or combustible containers.
* Note to media: Chief Randles will be available today, October 30th, at 10:00 a.m. for interviews at the City of Temple Central Fire Station (210 N. 3rd Street). *


fireMedia Contact:
Mitch Randles
Fire Chief
(O) 254.298.5682
(C) 254.654.8632
mrandles@templetx.gov