Posted on: December 29, 2017

Safely Using Heating Equipment can Help Prevent Home Fires

furnace photo (fireplace)

Heating equipment is a
leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires arereported during the months of December, January and February. The following are
several steps that can help prevent most heating-related fires from happening:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment. This includes furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves, or portable space heaters.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • 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.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

The Ogden City Fire Department encourages citizens to view these online resources for more tips on heating equipment safety and winter fire prevention at home:

FEMA Heating Fire Safety Information

NFPA Heating Fire Safety Tips

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