Safety tip: Preventing fire-related injuries (November 11, 2020 Hotline)

Safety tip: Preventing fire-related injuries

There is something comforting about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Always use the right kind of fuel for fuel burning space heaters
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying out
  • Ashes should be cool, put them in a metal container and keep it a safe distance away from your house
  • Never use your oven to heat your home
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month

For more tips on how to keep your family safe from fire-related injuries, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.


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