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The Limerick Township Fire Marshal’s Office would like to share some helpful tips when it comes to alternative home heating methods during this cold time of year. If you have
questions or safety concerns and are not sure about anything you are about to
try, PLEASE contact the Limerick Township Fire Marshal’s Office and we will be
more than happy to assist you in any way possible. The Limerick Township Fire
Marshal Office’s number one priority is the safety of the residents and the
community of Limerick Township. Any questions or concerns please contact our department at 610-495-6432 and use extensions 118 (Greg Breyer, Fire Marshal) 160 (Mike Latshaw, Assistant Fire Marshal) 119 (Shaun Semmeles, Fire Inspector). Any of the above personnel
will be able to assist you with your questions regarding alternative methods
for home heating and/or smoke detection and carbon monoxide detections.
Now for some helpful tips and information, please
reference the following when trying alternative methods for home heating:
· When utilizing a space heater never plug them into an extension cord, surge protector, or a multi-plug adaptor.
utilizing a space heater plug them directly into a wall outlet and remember all
space heaters must have a minimum clearance of 3 feet from any combustible
heaters should only be used as a temporary heat source. They are not intended for permanent use which
may cause overheating and pose a fire danger.
· Always remember to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector batteries regularly, at least annually but monthly checks are recommended.
detector and Carbon Monoxide detector locations:
o One in every bedroom
o One in every common habitable space in the household
good rule of thumb for smoke detector placement is if two rooms are separated
by a door then both rooms should have their own smoke detector.
o One Carbon Monoxide detector per floor in common spaces i.e. basements, living rooms & hallways outside of bedrooms.
maximum life span of a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector is ten (10)
years, after that they should and must be replaced.
· Remember when utilizing a household extension cord, especially around the holidays for decorations, that they are intended for temporary use and should be treated as such and not used for permanent wiring.
using exterior decorations remember to use approved and listed exterior
equipment designed to handle the weather elements.
· Remember to regularly water your Christmas trees, and when utilizing a fire place remember to dispose of your ashes responsibly and clean your chimneys annually.
utilizing candles please try to use the battery operated, and much safer
version, then the original. If you must
use the original candles please remember, never leave them unattended or in
close proximity to combustible materials.
· Make sure that your address numbers are clearly posted and visible from the street so that help (if needed) can find you right away.
· Have a family evacuation plan and practice that evacuation plan in the event of an emergency. Remember to GET OUT AND STAY OUT.
THE EVENT OF ANY EMERGENCY PLEASE FIRST DIAL 9-1-1 TO START HELP RIGHT AWAY.
The Limerick Township Fire Marshal’s Office would like
to wish everyone a SAFE and happy holiday season and if you need any help or
questions answered about fire safety in your home, the Limerick Township Fire
Marshal’s Office is only a phone call away. Thank you for your attention to safety always and especially during the
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