Cold Snap Could Trigger Heating Equipment Fires: Heating Fire Safety Tips

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The cold weather that is approaching could trigger heating equipment fires. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the cold months of the year.

The Kingsport Fire Department would like to share these tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that can prevent most heating-related fires.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-bart 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 manufacturers 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.
  • Install wood burning stoves following manufacturers instructions or have a professional do the installation.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.
  • If you smell gas in your natural gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.- source: www.nfpa.org