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Winter Heating Safety Tips

Winter Heating Safety Tips

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.  Improper or unsafe use of heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire injuries, deaths or carbon monoxide poisoning.  Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.  Here are some simple steps from the NFPA that can prevent most heating-related fires from happening in your home.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • NEVER use barbeque grills, especially ones that produce carbon monoxide, to heat your home.

Source:  National Fire Protection Association




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