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Battle Ground Fire Marshal Chris Drone
 Our Mission
Provide life safety and fire protection.

Our Purpose
Protect lives, property and the environment.

Safety Message from the Fire Marshal
With the cold weather upon us, it is important to stay warm, but not at the cost of fire safety.  Did you know that home fires occur more in the winter months than any other time of the year?  Follow these heating tips to help maintain a fire-safe home this winter:

Space Heater
  • Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing and curtains, at least 3 feet away from space heaters. 
  • Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off. 
  • Turn space heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room. 
  • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip. 

Fireplace
  • Keep glass or metal screens in front of wood burning fireplaces to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace. 
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home. 
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your home. 

Wood Stove
  • Burn only seasoned wood in your wood stove.  Do not burn wrapping paper, cardboard, or other debris. 
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional. 
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home. 

Furnace
  • Have your furnace inspected each year.
  • Keep anything that can burn away from the furnace. 

 For more information and free resources, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach