As the weather gets colder, Cal Fire officials from the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit is reminding the public that all home-heating equipment, including carbon monoxide detectors, should be inspected to help reduce the number of home fires this winter. Poorly maintained heating devices have caused many fires in the past, Cal Fire officials said.
Families should take a few minutes to check their heaters, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and practice their fire exit drill, officials urged. Residents can stop by or call their local fire station for more information or visit www.fire.ca.gov.
The following is a list of heating problems that are often overlooked and tips for safe fire practices:
1. When was the last time you cleaned the flue? Chimney sweeps in the area can be found on the internet and in the yellow pages of our local phone book under “chimney cleaning.” Flue brushes can also be rented from local wood stove dealers for a minimal charge. Fireboxes and flues should be inspected for cracks and damage...