1/29 Cold Weather Home Heating Safety Tips

With the brutal cold that the area has experienced in recent days, heating your home could potentially end in disaster if proper maintenance and safety principals are not practiced. West Bend Fire Chief Gerald Kudek reported that almost half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February. He recommends some simple steps that can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.
* Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from the heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable heater.
* Only use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing lab.
* Never use your oven for heating.
* Turn portable heaters off when you are leaving a room or going to bed.
* Make sure that your fireplace has been professionally cleaned, and use a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room. Burn only seasoned wood and allow ashes to cool before disposing in a metal container that is kept a safe distance from your home.
* Make sure that all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
* Test your smoke alarms at least once per month, and install a carbon monoxide alarm. A variety of dual alarms (both fire and CO) are available at local hardware and home stores.
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