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GPVFD Shares Winter Fire Safety Tips


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

The heat lamp in this chicken house is too close to the dry straw used in the nesting boxes. Although securely fastened, if the birds flew around and knocked it off the wall it could start the straw on fire. GPVFD Fire Chief Ryan Hall recommends heat lamps securely mounted and away from flammable material.

POTOMAC - There are certain fire hazards people should be aware of during the wintertime. The Greenough/Potomac Volunteer Fire Department (GPVFD) strives to protect, educate and assist the community by providing emergency services and recommends being a vigilant neighbor and taking precautions during the winter to prevent structure fires.

Through the years the GPVFD has seen fires that have been started in different ways. Hall said fires have started from heating lamps, wood stoves, chimney fires, candles, propane heaters and children.

Heating lamps are commonly used in the winter in chicke...

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