The cold weather is coming, with that in mind, some homeowners will use fireplaces and space heaters to keep warm. Creosote and smoke from your fireplace coat the inside of your chimney creating fuel for fires. The Fire Department recommends the following:
• Have a professional chimney sweeper clean your chimney every year because creosote and smoke from your fireplace coat the inside of your chimney creating fuel for fires.
• Remember to open your flue for the first fire of the season.
• Install a spark arreste, a mesh screen, on the top of your chimney to keep sparks from igniting your roof or debris outside your house.
• Select a space heater with a guard around the flame area or the heating element. This will help keep children, pets and clothing away from the heat source.
• Never leave a space heater unattended or on when you go to sleep.
• Place heaters at least three feet away from objects such as bedding, furniture and drapes. Never use heaters to dry clothes or shoes. Do not place heaters where towels or other objects could fall on the heater and start a fire.
Remember to always check the air quality standards before you burn at www.valleyair.org or by calling 1-800-SMOG-INFO. For more information on fire safety and prevention, contact the Fire Prevention Division at 209-668-5580.
The Turlock Fire Department Administration Office will be closed on the following dates during the Holiday Season:
November 25, 2013 - November 29, 2013 and December 23, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Our office will be unavailable for plan checks, inspections, etc. If you have any questions, please contact us at 668-5580