The JVFD periodically posts safety tips in the News section of this website. Below is a one-stop gathering of all the safety tips published so far. We think you’ll find them very informative and useful. Check back often to see new tips that have been added.
From the Boulder County Flood Recovery Manager
As we head into Spring runoff, Boulder County would like to share preparedness information to residents of the county. Below are links to a short video and a preparedness guide.
We have another week of official winter but the cold weather usually doesn’t get the memo here in the mountains. So stoves will continue burning for a while. They keep us warm and cozy, but heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during winter months.
Consider the following safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for safely purchasing, installing, using, and maintaining a stove:
Purchase a stove that has the label of an independent testing laboratory.
Have your stove, chimney connectors, and chimneys installed by a qualified professional.
For wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. For pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned pellets.
Have your chimney and stove inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney every fall.
Periodically clean the inside of your stove with a wire brush.
Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place them in a covered metal container, kept at least 10’ away from the house and other buildings.
Keep a close eye on children whenever a stove is being used. Teach and remind them to stay at least 3’ away from the stove.
Keep anything that can burn at least 3’ away from the stove.
Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. An interconnected system of alarms is recommended so that when one sounds, they all sound. Test the alarms at least every month.
Whether you’re keeping warm and cozy by using a heating system, wood or pellet stove, or portable space heater, you should be aware that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. Follow these simple safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
Have heating equipment and stoves installed by a qualified professional.
Have heating equipment and stoves cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
Always use the right kind of fuel, as specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning heaters.
Maintain a 3’ safety zone around any heating equipment—including keeping kids and anything flammable outside of that zone.
NEVER use your cooktop stove or oven to heat your home
Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Use a fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container; the container should be kept a safe distance from your home.
Install smoke detectors, replace the batteries once a year, and test the alarms monthly.