Knoxville Fire Department shares safety tips for winterizing your home – and why


After the last few days, it’s hard to believe, but it is still winter. Cold weather will soon return and when it does, there are some things we need to be mindful of to stay safe and warm.

Al Ludwig from the Knoxville Fire Department stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side studios to share some tips on how to maintain standpipes, and space heaters.

First off – what is a “stand-pipe?”

A standpipe, as described in plumbing, is a vertical vented pipe attached to a trap that allows rapid wastewater discharge without disrupting the water seal of nearby traps. Around the house or commercial building, standpipes can be found in stairwells, especially in large multi-story hotels. 

They’re access points for firefighters to pump water quickly to put out a fire, especially larger building structures instead of carrying water from the firetruck. 

Owners of commercial buildings are responsible for keeping up their own standpipes.

For other safety tips with winter temperatures – beware of shady space heaters. 

“As long as they’re newer and in good working condition, use them,” Ludwig says. Maintain them, clean them between winters.

But know the difference between an outdoor heater and an indoor heater.  

These tips plus more can be found at the city’s web page on KFD – click here. 

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