Whether you’re keeping warm and cozy by using a heating system, wood or pellet stove, or portable space heater, you should be aware that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. Follow these simple safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
- Have heating equipment and stoves installed by a qualified professional.
- Have heating equipment and stoves cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, as specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning heaters.
- Maintain a 3’ safety zone around any heating equipment—including keeping kids and anything flammable outside of that zone.
- NEVER use your cooktop stove or oven to heat your home
- Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Use a fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container; the container should be kept a safe distance from your home.
- Install smoke detectors, replace the batteries once a year, and test the alarms monthly.