Home Heating Safety Tips
Before heating your home this year, make sure you run a quick fire safety check to ensure your home is prepared for the season:
Now that your house is prepared for heating, here are a few things to help keep your house safe from accidental fires:
- If you are installing stationary water heaters or central heating units, make sure a certified professional performs the installation in accordance with local codes and the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Inspect home heating equipment such as chimneys and fire places for potential hazards and damage.
- Test your smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors.
- Use manufacturer recommended fuel when operating fuel burning heaters.
- Add a stationary fire place screen to prevent sparks and hot timbers from flying into your house.
- When leaving a room or going to bed, turn off any portable space heaters to prevent accidental overheating of combustible materials.
- Never use an oven to heat your home.
- Establish a three foot safe zone surrounding any home heating equipment such as your fire place, portable heaters, or furnace and make sure it is clear of any combustible material.
Accidents happen, but by practicing some of these simple fire safety measures you can help reduce the chance of a fire disaster in your home during these cold winter months.
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