Heating Safety Tips
With the cold weather quickly approaching brings the need for heaters. Follow these proper safety tips shared by the National Fire Protection Association will help keep you and your family safe during this cold weather season.
Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires and deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps taken can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, for example: the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have a three-foot minimum “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 only by a qualified professional.
- Remember to always 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 the sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should always be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container then a safe distance away from your home.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month.