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By Editor
November 1, 2020

Nearly half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the winter months. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.The following are tips and links to sound advice you can follow to keep your home safe.

- never use a barbecue indoors to cook or provide heat.
- never use a barbecue in a garage to cook or provide heat, even with the door open.
- never use a stove (gas or electric) to heat a home
- chimneys and home heating units should be inspected and cleaned annually
- never plug a portable heater into an extension cord
- Keep items 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.
- 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 carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month and change the batteries twice a year.

Hyperlinks: Chimney Safety Institute
National Fire Protection Association/Chimneys
National Fire Protection Association/Furnaces
 

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