Home Heating Safety And You

Home Heating Safety and You


In our efforts to stay warm this winter, it's important to remember that heating equipment is the number one cause of home fires in the United States. To ensure your safety, you should follow these fire safety tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association:

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  • class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l14 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in">Protect your home and family by always using a sturdy screen when burning wood.
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  • class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l14 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in">If you purchase a factory-built fireplace, select one listed by an independent testing laboratory.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l14 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in">If you own a wood stove, be sure to inspect chimney connections and chimney flues at the beginning of each heating season. They should also be cleaned periodically.
  • class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; COLOR: black; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l14 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in">Follow the same safety rules for wood stoves as you would for space heaters. Burn wood only and be sure the wood stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect your floor from heat and hot coals. Be sure to check with your local fire department and check local codes before having your wood stove installed.
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When using gas:

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Additional safety tips:

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