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Prevent heating related fires

Nov 16, 2015 10:57AM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

Almost half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

·         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 stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central 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. 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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