Fall Heating Safety

Fall Heating Safety

Some simple steps that can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Change the air filter on your furnace when it is dirty
  • 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 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 and CO2 alarms monthly.

For more tips, visit the web at www.nfpa.org, and other sites for information.

2017-08-22T14:41:35+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Home Safety|Tags: , |