NFPA offers 10 tips to help you get ahead of the winter freeze

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Nov 18, 2011

NFPA's Get ahead of the winter freezeNFPA says it's not too early to begin preparing for the heating season. Check these 10 tips off your list and get ahead of the winter freeze.

Download these tips! You can also download a free, one-page checklist that contains all of these tips, perfect for handing out at your local schools, community centers, fire stations, and other places where you want to help spread the word about heating safety.

  1. Our furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.)
  2. Our chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. I have checked for creosote build-up. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.)
  3. Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.
  4. Our fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.
  5. We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.)
  6. NFPA says Give space heaters spaceOur children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.
  7. Our portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off.
  8. Our portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least three feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people. (Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn-off portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.)
  9. We have tested our smoke alarms and made sure they are working. (You need a smoke alarm on every level of the home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.)
  10. We have tested our carbon monoxide alarms and made sure they are working. (Carbon monoxide alarms should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.)

What heating safety tips would you add to this list?