The temperature is dipping. Space heaters are being turned on. Fireplaces and wood stoves are being fired up. While these household devices make our homes comfortable and cozy, there’s the potential for danger. It’s important to keep in mind that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Have a qualified professional install stoves, chimney connectors, and chimneys.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- 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 the home.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect the CO alarms. When one sounds they all sound.
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