Families across the state are preparing for the holiday season and the City of Bluefield Fire Department has some tips to help keep your home “fire safe.”
With the cold weather, the department says having a back up source of heat is good but you should have smoke detectors that are working properly inside of your home.
If you use a portable space heater, make sure you have the appropriate extension cords for the heater before using it! Many extension cords cannot handle the load for those portable heaters.
If you’re using your chimney for warmer conditions, make sure it’s cleaned out!
Jeremy Fox has been a firefighter for six years and now serves with the City of Bluefield Fire Department. He recommends residents keep the driveway as clear as possible so emergency response teams can get to any situation quickly.
“Have your sidewalks shoveled,” said Fox. “Ensure there’s salt available to throw down. You can shovel out hydrants so we can identify them if there is a fire.”
His final advice for Christmas tree shoppers, keep the tree hydrated with water.
“If the tree becomes dry, it becomes an immediate fire hazard and can light up very quickly,” said Fox.