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Safety & Prevention

Winter Storm Safety Tips

Even when coping with power outages caused by winter storms, the Madison Fire Department urges you to continue to practice fire safety.

  • When using alternative heaters such as fireplaces, wood stoves, and space heaters always keep children and pets at a safe distance (3 feet min.). This will also reduce the possibility of accidental burns.


  • Never use liquid fuel to start the fire in a fireplace or wood burning stove.


  • When using alternative lighting sources, such as candles, always keep children and pets at a safe distance (3 feet min.) This will also reduce the possibility of accidental burns. If using a fuel-burning "Camp lantern" indoors, make sure you properly ventilate the room by cracking open a window. Never leave candles or lanterns unattended.


  • Stay inside your home. Close off unneeded rooms. Cover windows at night.


  • Eat to provide your body with energy for producing its own heat.


  • Drink to keep your body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration.


  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chills.


  • The Madison Fire Department strongly recommends testing your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors whenever fuel fired auxiliary heaters or lanterns are used.