Home heating safety

Tips to stay cozy and safe during cold weather:

  • Stoves and ovens: Do not use a stove or oven to heat your home. An open oven door or lit stove burners can be dangerous and ineffective as a heat source.
  • Barbeques and gas heaters: Never use charcoal barbecues or propane gas heaters as indoor heating sources. Even though there is no visible flame, charcoal and propane emit deadly carbon monoxide gas and are not suitable for indoor use.
  • Candles are unsafe and ineffective as a heat source or main source of light. Never leave candles lit in an unattended room or while going to sleep.
  • Fireplaces: Clean the chimney periodically to avoid flash fires, and make sure the fireplace is properly vented. Do not leave a fire burning while going to sleep.
  • Space heaters:
    • Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets. Use of extension cords may lead to circuit overload and cause a fire.
    • Keep space heaters away from drapery, furniture or other flammable material. A good rule of thumb is to keep space heaters at least 36 inches from anything flammable.
    • Keep space heaters away from children and animals.
    • Do not leave space heaters unattended.
  • Install smoke detectors and make sure they work.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector if you have any gas appliances.

For more fire safety information, visit the National Fire Protection Association's Web site.

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