Shelton fire officials: Snow, cold temps bring need for fire precautions

Forecasts of additional snowfall and accumulations has prompted the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau to alert the public of actions that can be taken to help maintain safety.

Ted Pisciotta, Shelton assistant fire chief for fire prevention, encourages everyone to be highly vigilant to avoid having a fire within a home, business, or other facility. This includes smoking outdoors only, paying strict attention when cooking, and keeping space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

Candles should not be used indoors. Snow should also be kept clear of exhaust outlets of clothes dryers and heating units that might be located on exterior walls.

Keep doorways, hydrants clear of snow

In addition to prevention efforts, the following recommended actions should be implemented to be prepared for an unexpected potential fire.

— Remove snow (or have someone remove snow) from all entry and exit doors, including pathways, of your home, business or facility. This also includes doors not regularly used as they may be needed for emergency evacuation or escape in the event of fire.

— If a fire hydrant is near your home, business or facility, try to keep it clear of snow and unobstructed for prompt access by firefighters.

— Avoid unnecessary travel on roadways during significant snowfall to help permit both efficient snow removal and safe response of emergency vehicles.

Throughout the year

— Always have working smoke alarms installed on every level of a home. Test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times.

— Make sure everyone in a household knows when and how to call for help by dialing 9-1-1, and remember to practice a home escape plan.