Tips for Staying Safe and Warm as the Temperature Drops

October 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

The days are getting shorter and the outside temperature is getting lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in season and a time to think about home-heating safety.

Home-heating equipment causes more than 60,000 home fires and hundreds of deaths each year. By taking a few simple precautions, most heating-related fires can be prevented.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed the following safety tips to help you stay safe this winter:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heating equipment (furnace, woodstove or portable heater).
  • Do not use your oven to heat your home.
  • Portable space heaters should be turned off every time you leave the room and before going to bed.
  • Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
  • Allow fireplace and woodstove ashes to cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys inspected and cleaned every year.
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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