Fire Department issues safety tips for heating safety.

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The peak months for home heating fires are December, January, and February. Heating equipment is the second most common cause of home fire fatalities. With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening. Here are a few tips:

 

  • 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.
  • Have a qualified professional install 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.
  • Fireplace ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

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