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Posted on: February 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Carbon Monoxide

As you stay cozy and warm this winter, stay fire smart!

1 in every 7 home fires and 1 in every 5 home fire deaths involves heating equipment. The Carbondale Fire Department would like to share the following tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time
  • Never use an oven to heat your home
  • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed

For more information on heating fire safety, contact the Carbondale Fire Department at (618) 457-3234 or visit

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