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 & 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 heater.
-Have a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
-Never use your oven to heat your home.
-Remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
-Install & maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.
For more fire safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org.