10 Winter Fire Safety Tips

Real Estate Broker/Owner with JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 10491201242

Each winter the number of fire related deaths, and homelessness increases.  There is much that can be done to minimize the devastating effect of fires.

Here are 10 tips that can make your winter season safer.Fire safety tips


  1. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
  2. If you lose power do not use a generator inside your home as this could result in carbon monoxide poisoning and that is why number 1 tip is so important.
  3. Make sure that your fireplace or wood stove was inspected and the chimney cleaned.  Chimney fires are a frequent reason for a house burning down.
  4. Make sure your heating system was inspected by a professional; tuned up and you know where the emergency shut offs are.
  5. If you are using any fuel burning appliances especially in the bedroom make sure there is sufficient ventilation
  6. Make sure that the fire is out in the fireplace before going to bed.
  7. Make sure everyone in the family is aware of the emergency exits.  Please do not block doors and window by piling up stuff in front of them.  Houses with multiple level should consider having an escape ladder on hand.
  8. If using an extension cord make sure it is the same size or larger than the appliance.
  9. If you have frozen pipes, never use a blow torch to thaw it out, this could start a fire in the wall.
  10. Make sure that your driveway is plowed just in case you have a fire and the fire trucks need to get to the house.

Have a great winter free of fires.


Jennifer Fivelsdal- Associate Broker- Keller Williams Realty Team - 845-758-6842- jennifer@jfivehomes.com  and www.jfivehomes.com         





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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Hi Jennifer.  These are all good tips to review, because we get careless at times.  Good reminders... thank you.  

Nov 29, 2009 03:44 PM #1
Ellen Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta Real Estate Agents & Alpharetta REALTOR

This is a great post especially as we near colder weather!  Thanks for posting!

Nov 29, 2009 03:52 PM #2
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Jennifer - What a great reminder and tips to follow that will help everyone to make the winter season safe.

Nov 29, 2009 04:36 PM #3
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Great tips Jennifer.  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and will enjoy a wonderful December. 

Nov 29, 2009 09:04 PM #4
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Excellent tips. We don't have many fireplaces in Florida but your number one tip is number one here as well!

Nov 29, 2009 11:27 PM #5
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Hi Jennifer, great advice especially with all the Christmas lights going up, inside and outside. If someone has old wiring on low voltage it can be dangerous to put that much stress on the circuits.


Nov 29, 2009 11:39 PM #6
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Great tips Jennifer. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

Nov 29, 2009 11:42 PM #7
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

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Nov 30, 2009 12:44 AM #8
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Diane these tips are very timely, I so hate to hear about these fire accidents especially this time of year.

Ellen you are welcomed.  This is a subject matter which concerns us all.

Donna it is my hope we all have a safe winter season.

Paddy Thank you.  I too hope you will have a great December.

Nov 30, 2009 01:48 AM #9
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Missy those are great points, overloading an electrical circuit can be disastrous.  Improper lighting for Christmas trees have been known to generate fires.

Gary Those detectors really save lives.  It is important not just to have them installed, but making sure they are working.

Bill I so agree.

C- Thank you.

Nov 30, 2009 01:55 AM #10
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Jennifer - always great reminders, and, who knows, someone's life might be saved by posting this. Thanks.


Nov 30, 2009 03:37 AM #11
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Oh my -- it certainly is that time of year again... this are a lot of good reminders.  Often we get in such a hurry we forget how important it is to make sure things are safe.

Nov 30, 2009 05:50 AM #12
Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage - Colorado Springs, CO

A very timely post Jennifer. I especially like the one about not blocking doors and windows. So many people do that without thinking.

Nov 30, 2009 01:50 PM #13
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

And do not plug extension cords into extension cords into extension cords into extension cords to reach that outlet 30 feet away when putting up Christmas lights.

And don't defeat the exterior weatherproofed outlets by using them improperly during the season of rain and snow.

And if you use candles, please, please, please make sure they are out before you go to bed or leave your house for any length of time.

Happy December!

Dec 01, 2009 11:40 AM #14
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Jennifer  These are excellent reminders.  In my opinion #8 is one that is regularly overlooked and the unsuspecting cause of many fires.  That is not to diminish the importance of the others

Dec 01, 2009 08:35 PM #15
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Jennifer ~ Thank you for sharing these important fire safety tips with us.  Especially this time of year, we hear about devastating tragedies that could have been prevented if only these guidelines had been followed.

Dec 02, 2009 04:25 AM #16
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Jennifer... here in Texas this is a very timely reminder.  We are due to get out first hard freeze tonight!

Dec 02, 2009 01:22 PM #17
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Jennifer, Thanks for the tips. Have a great Holiday season.

Dec 04, 2009 02:19 AM #18
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