Hot Tips To Help You Avoid Home Heating Fires
North American Precis Syndicate
Space heaters can provide supplemental heat for chilly rooms but they're also a leading cause of fires, so proper care is vital. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Heating equipment is the second-leading cause of home fires
in the United States.
More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year.
Following these Dos and Don’ts, however, can help protect your home
Do have a qualified service
professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central
heating equipment according to code and manufacturer’s instructions and
then have the system inspected annually.
Don’t use your stove to
heat your home or dry your clothes.
Do install and maintain smoke
and carbon monoxide alarms and test them monthly.
Don’t plug a space heater
into an extension cord.
Do plug it directly into an
Don’t leave any heating
Do turn heaters off when you
leave the room or go to sleep.
Don’t use a space heater
or any appliance with a damaged cord.
Do place any heater at least
three feet away from anything flammable.
Don’t use old, worn
heating pads or electric blankets with frayed cords. These cause almost 500
fires a year, almost all of them involving electric blankets that are more
than 10 years old.
Do place heaters on level, flat
surfaces on the floor, not on tables, shelves or chairs.
Don’t use both a heating
pad—placed directly on the mattress—and an electric blanket at
the same time.
Do keep heating pads and
electric blankets uncovered when in use. When covered by anything, including
other blankets or pets, electric blankets may overheat.
Don’t fold electric
blankets when in use. Folded or tucked-in blankets could overheat and cause a
Do keep a three-foot
“kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
Don’t use the wrong kind
of fuel for fuel-burning space heaters.
Do make sure the fireplace has
a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
Don’t be in too much of a
hurry to shovel out the ashes. Let them cool before putting them in a metal
container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
For further facts and tips on safety, from the experts at Electrical
Safety Foundation International, the premier nonprofit organization dedicated
exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace,
“Heating equipment is the second-leading
cause of home fires in the U.S. but you can protect your house and family. http://bit.ly/2Gjca1v”
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