State Fire Marshall Said “Stay Safe”

With thousands sitting in the dark and cold and the real potential for rolling blackouts due to the extreme use of power systems, we want to make sure these safety tips are top of mind when considering alternative heating methods.

If you’re using a generator, remember:

Do not place generators inside of any structure including garages, carports and sheds

Instead, place the generator at least 20 feet away from your home, down-wind away from open doors, windows and vents

Before refueling, turn the generator off and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes

Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet

Instead, use a heavy-duty, outdoor extension cord to plug appliances into generators

Do not use in rain or wet conditions

Have a fire extinguisher nearby

Have a carbon monoxide monitor for your home

To view a video on generator safety, go to:

If your power is out, and you DO NOT have a generator, we have the following safety tips for some alternative heating sources you may be considering:

Keep candles and oil lamps 3-5 feet from combustible objects and never leave them unattended or within reach of children. This includes blowing a candle out when you go to sleep or leave a room.

Make sure fireplaces and wood-burning ovens are well ventilated and not overloaded. Also, do not go to sleep with any fires still burning.

Utilize extra clothing and blankets to stay warm with your family.

Do not use gas stoves or ovens as heat sources

Lastly, make sure to check on your neighbors to ensure that they are following these safety tips as well. We’re all in this together!!