According to the 2017 Farmers’ Almanac, exceptionally cold, if not “downright frigid weather,” will predominate over parts of the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Midwest, Ohio Valley, the Middle Atlantic, Northeast and New England this winter. It also predicts that shots of very cold weather will “periodically reach as far south as Florida and the Gulf Coast!” As news headlines have demonstrated these past few weeks, it appears these winter storm predictions may just be coming true!
To this end, this winter, says Farmers’ Almanac editor, Pete Geiger, will prompt you to “make sure your heat works, your long johns are washed and your slippers are nearby.” This is also the time when many people will make a beeline to their portable fireplaces for added warmth in their homes. If you’re one of the many who own a portable fireplace, you’ll want to practice a handful of safety tips to reduce your risk for a home fire. To start:
• Place the fireplace on a sturdy surface away from table edges
• Never try to move a lit fireplace or one that is still hot
• Allow the device to cool down for at least 15 minutes before refueling
• Extinguish the flame when you leave the room or your home, and when you go to sleep
If the Almanac stays true to its predictions, much of the country is in for a long, cold winter season. Take precautions now to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Consider all of our tips related to portable fireplaces and download our free tips sheet that you can post on your fridge for easy access and a reminder.
Additional tips on heating fire safety can be found on NFPA’s Put a Freeze on Winter Fires webpage.