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Ahead of winter storm, State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds families to have and check their carbon monoxide alarms

With the threat of wintry weather across the state this weekend, there is a chance that many North Carolinians will be without power in extremely low temperatures. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds people who use portable generators or alternative heating sources about the increased risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and fire. 

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey urges caution for portable heaters during winter weather

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, noting that wintry weather could touch our state this weekend, urges North Carolinians to use extra caution when using portable heaters.

Many people will be using fireplaces and portable space heaters to stay warm. Unfortunately, portable heaters can ignite, as one did in New York City Sunday, where 17 people, including eight children, died.

Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Are you ready?

In recognition of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, which runs from Dec. 5-11 in North Carolina, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey urges families to make preparations now for potentially dangerous weather this winter.

“Although North Carolina isn’t necessarily known for its harsh winters, that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down,” said Commissioner Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal. “Between holiday traveling, cooking and other potential fire risks, it is so important for families to keep safety in mind this winter.”

Cook with care this holiday season: State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges caution in the kitchen

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up and Christmas right around the corner, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey encourages families to practice safe cooking now and throughout the year.

“It’s easy to lose focus when entertaining family and friends,” said Commissioner Causey. “But while you’re planning your holiday menu, make sure to plan for fire safety especially when cooking, baking or even lighting holiday candles.”

Daylight-saving time reminder: Change your clocks, change your batteries

As the end of daylight-saving time approaches on Sunday, Nov. 7, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds North Carolinians to practice this life-saving habit:  When you change your clock this weekend for the end of daylight-saving time, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm.

“Your risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when you have smoke alarms that are working properly,” said Commissioner Causey. “When you turn back your clocks, take the time to protect your family by making sure all smoke alarms in your home are working properly.”

Fire Prevention Week 2021: Commissioner Causey encourages families to learn the sounds of fire safety

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week 2021, which runs from Oct. 3-9, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is urging everyone to uphold this year’s campaign theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.”

“It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm makes noise — a beeping sound or a chirping sound — you must take action!” said Commissioner Causey. “Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond.”

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to present $325,000 in grants, honor firefighters during visit to Duplin, Sampson counties on Wednesday

During a visit to Duplin and Sampson counties on Wednesday, June 30, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will present more than $325,000 in ceremonial fire and rescue grant checks, visit an insurance agency and honor two members of the North Carolina fire service with SAVE awards.

Warsaw firefighter Blake Phillips and Faison Fire Chief Lee Kennedy will be honored with SAVE awards for life-saving actions they took during a fire earlier this year.

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