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Heating tips to keep your family safe

Jan 14, 2020 03:55PM ● By Today's Family
Winter time and cold temperatures are here!  And while you look for ways to keep your home warm, be careful to follow these helpful safety tips to prevent a disaster from occurring. 
  • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from any heaters.  Never use ovens and stoves to heat your home.
  • Always turn off space heaters when leaving a room or going to bed.
  • Space heaters should be plugged directly into the wall.  Power strips and extension cords will overheat too quickly when a heater is plugged in to them.
  • When using a fuel-burning space heater, open a window to reduce carbon monoxide exposure and ensure proper ventilation.
  • Know your community’s regulations for the use of kerosene heaters.  These are illegal in some jurisdictions.
  • Always use the correct fuel for your heating appliance.  NEVER add a fuel that is not meant for that equipment.
  • Burn only dry, seasoned wood in your wood-burning stove or fireplace.  It is cleaner for the environment and reduces flammable buildup in the chimney.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them inspected each year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember: burning any fuel, including wood, creates carbon monoxide. Install carbon monoxide alarms that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Installing them to manufacturer instructions will help provide early warning to related dangers.  A carbon monoxide detector is just as important as a smoke detector. Be sure to have them on each level of your residence.
For more information and fire safety tips visit State of Ohio Fire Marshal at
Information provided by Jerry Craddock, Public Education Specialist Mentor Fire Department

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