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.

They remind residents to

· 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 your 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.

To register for a free smoke alarm, or learn more about Operation Save-A-Life, visit lasfm.org.

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