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State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents to practice safe home heating

BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (SFM) is reminding all residents to practice safe home heating as our state prepares to fall under varying levels of freeze this coming week.

The top safe-heating tips we are offering families, which can also be found in a video on our agency’s social media sites, include:

Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets

 Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords

Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes

 Don’t overfill fireplaces/wood burning stoves

Do not leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended

Have working smoke alarms in your home!

The SFM’s Operation Save-A-Life program partners with local fire departments and districts to provide FREE smoke alarm installations, at any time of the year, for families in need of assistance accessing the critical emergency-alert equipment.