There is something about the winter months about curling up with a good book by the fireplace – but did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heater fires from happening.
Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment
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 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 monthly
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Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer’s instructions of have a professional do the installation. All fire-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.
Roughly half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February