Winter Safety Tips From The Greenwich Fire Department

By Richard Kaufman

The Greenwich Fire Department has issued a few tips that residents should follow for a safe and enjoyable winter season.

  • Remove and dispose of old Christmas trees, wreaths, roping. They burn fiercely as they may have been cut in early Fall.
  • Be extremely careful with candles and other open flames.
  • Put fireplace ashes in a metal ash can and keep can outside, away from house. Embers stay hot for days. Plastic, paper or cardboard must not be used to remove or store ash.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3’ away from combustibles.
  • Don’t leave pots on the stove unattended.
  • Do not run your generator in your garage, run outdoors in a wide open area. Note the wind direction and where exhaust is going.
  • Make sure your home has WORKING smoke alarms and Carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your house.
  • Be careful when warming your vehicle. Be diligent if your vehicle operates by a fob or push button ignition. Always make sure your vehicle is off when in the garage.
About Author: Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman, general assignment reporter at the Sentinel, graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 2011 with a degree in journalism/communications. Having grown up in nearby Westchester County, Richard is familiar with the area and everything it has to offer. To get in contact with Richard, you can email him at

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