The McKinney Fire Department reminds residents that it is the heating season has begun. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) offers these 10 safety tips to stay prepared for the winter season. Check these tips off your list and stay ahead of the winter freeze.

— Make sure your furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified person during the past 12 months. A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.

— Make sure chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. Check for creosote build-up. Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service should be done at least once a year.

— Wood for the fireplace or wood stove needs to be dry and seasoned.

— The fireplace screen needs to be metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.

— Have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose of cooled ashes. The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.

— Children should stay at least three feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.

— Make sure portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off.

— Portable space heaters need to be pulled directly into an outlet – not an extension cord – and placed at least three feet from anything that can burn, like bedding, paper, walls and even people. Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn-off portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.

— Have smoke alarms tested and make sure they are working. Smoke alarms are needed on every level of the home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.

— Test carbon monoxide alarms and make sure they are working. Carbon monoxide alarms should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

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About the McKinney Fire Department

The McKinney Fire Department is dedicated to providing the community with the highest standards of service through prevention, training, education, suppression and emergency medical and emergency management services. We will provide this service with loyalty, integrity, accountability and teamwork. The Police Department is located at 2200 Taylor-Burk Dr. in McKinney. Non-emergency number is 972-547-2850. For more information visit