Hudgens Offers Cold Weather Safety Tips

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding Georgians of important tips as the coldest weather of the season so far sets in.

Hudgens reminded people that when temperatures drop into the teens or twenties, homeowners should be
prepared for frozen pipes and take precautions to try and guard against them.

Also, Hudgens said that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires in Georgia.

He said portable space heaters, open fireplaces and wood stoves can be dangerous if misused and reminds Georgians to keep them away from curtains, draperies, and other flammable material.

Also, he said to make sure heaters have adequate ventilation, and always follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions.

Hudgens also encouraged Georgians to have their home heating unit checked annually to be sure it is working
efficiently and safely, and make sure all fuel-burning appliances and fireplaces are properly vented.

The Insurance and Safety Fire commissioner also said Georgians need to install an adequate number of smoke alarms in their home, noting that most fatal fires start between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., while a family is asleep.

Hudgens noted that Georgia law now requires a smoke alarm in every home.

For those who already have smoke alarms, Hudgens reminded them to check and replace the batteries annually.