Winter Heating Safety

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General Heating Tips

  • 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 an oven, range top, or any other such device, for supplemental heating.
  • 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. 
  • Install Carbon Monoxide alarms.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.  
 
Fire Places and Wood Burning Stoves
Furnace Heating 
Fuel Burning Heaters - Kerosene and Gas
Electric Space Heaters
 
 
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