Heat your home safely

January 11, 2019

Tips for Safely Heating Your Home

The chilly weather may have you cranking up the heat. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February. To help prevent a tragedy, follow these simple safety tips:

- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like a furnace, fireplaces, wood stove or portable space heater.

- Never use your oven to heat your home.

- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.

- Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.

- Never operate portable generators inside a home, garage or near windows. They should be operated outside and at least 25 feet away from a home/building.

- Install an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) listed carbon monoxide alarm that will activate if this deadly, invisible gas is produced. Most carbon monoxide problems occur in the winter when doors and windows are closed and furnaces are operating.

Source: National Fire Protection Association


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