… Using Space Heaters to supplement your home heating this year?

How to Use a Space Heater Safely

Half of all home heating fires happen during the months of December, January, and February. Our experts, as well as the pros at the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the National Fire Protection Association, offer the following safety tips:

  • Place the heater on a hard, level, and nonflammable surface. They are intended to sit on the floor and not a table.
  • Establish a 3-foot kid- and pet-free zone around the heater, and never put a space heater in a child’s room.
  • Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from such combustible materials as furniture, bedding, and curtains.
  • Don’t use a heater in a workshop or garage near paint, gas cans, or matches.
  • Turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Unplug the heater when not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and don’t use it if it’s frayed or worn.
  • Don’t plug another electrical device or an extension cord into the same outlet as a heater, which can cause overheating.
  • Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and test them monthly.

The New Reality for Firefighters…

The world we live in today has changed the face of what it is to be a firefighter. In the photos below firefighters from the Iona McGregor Fire District took part in a multi agency drill in the City of Ft myers. The idea is to recreate a major incident in practice which gives our personnel opportunity to work with surrounding countywide organizations for potential response to emergency events which would otherwise overwhelm any one responding locality.

In these large scale mock exercises firefighters get the chance to combine their skill sets with other emergency responders; fire suppression, paramedic/EMT, haz-mat technician, active shooter advance teams, etc.

We also get the opportunity to pass along much needed experience to new firefighters just coming into the job. The volunteer on the backboard does not realize they are being carried by a seasoned veteran firefighter/paramedic and a new hire probationary firefighter. We use these practice events to help prepare a new generation of firefighters for this changing and often terrifying world of emergency responders.

Fire is Everyone’s Fight