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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 www.com.ohio.gov/fire
 
Information provided by Jerry Craddock, Public Education Specialist Mentor Fire Department




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