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Rockford Fire Dept. gives tips on staying safe during cold temps


The Rockford Fire Department has several tips on staying safe and warm during the current period of record-breaking cold.

The following tips are recommended for your home:

  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and located near sleeping areas
  • If you use a space heater, never leave it unattended and keep three feet of clearance around the heater at all times
  • Use caution when using a fireplace and always dispose of ashes in a metal container with a lid
  • Never use outdoor heaters or ovens to heat your home
  • Be cautious with extension cords and remember they're only designed for temporary use
  • Keep a safety kit in your vehicle that includes extra clothing, jumper cables, a shovel, and a blanket
  • Properly dispose of your Christmas tree and check for any frayed cords or other issues when removing lights
  • Remember the fire hydrants around your home: Keep a three-foot clearance around hydrants so firefighters are able to locate them during an emergency

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