We got past the first cold snap of the year, but it won’t be the last so the Houston Fire Department is reminding everyone not to just assume the smoke detectors that were okay the last time you checked are still working.
Houston Fire Captain Ruy Lozano advises checking those batteries.
If your house has a fireplace, Lozano believes getting a professional to check out the chimney would be worth the money. One of the house fires Tuesday night occurred in part because the damper wasn’t open.
Using open flame space heaters or gas burners to keep the house warm magnifies the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire.