Cold Fronts / Space Heater Danger

Kevin McCoy

As hard as it is to imagine, there are cold fronts incoming.  Some areas, like the Hill Country will feel their first cold snap.

Temperatures will drop, Furnaces will come on, Space heaters will be used, and homes/apartments will burn.

This is a great time to:

  1. Clean and test your furnace during the day.  2am is the wrong time to discover a problem.
  2. Check your smoke alarms are working
  3. Review your fire safety and evacuation plan.
  4. Make sure your space heaters have space - 3' of protected space.
Space Heater Fire

Space heaters start 2 out of 5 fires.  But they are responsible for 80% of deaths.

Space Heater

Remember that with new building materials you have about 2 minutes to evacuate. 


Kevin KF5FUZ
American Red Cross Disaster Services Technology / IT TX