There is something about the winter months and 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 heating fires from happening.
BE WARM AND SAFE THIS WINTER!
>>>Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace,
fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heaters.
>>>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 manufacture's instructions.
>>>Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified
>>>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.
Half of home heating fires are
reported during the months
of December, January and February.