Area Residents Reminded to Keep Fire Safety in Mind this Winter

The winter months are the main time of year for house fires. Half of all home heating fires take place between December and February. There are several safety tips to keep in mind and Moberly Fire Chief Don Ryan says several involve portable heaters.

Portable heaters should also be turned off when going to bed or leaving the house. Ryan adds there are several safety tips to follow for those who use fireplaces.

Fireplaces should also be inspected annually to ensure proper operation. Ryan says fires aren’t the only thing to be mindful of this time of year.

Carbon monoxide detectors should be tested at least once a month.