With the cooler months upon us, now is the opportune time to check your heating devices for the upcoming winter months. Here are a few safety tips for your home heating appliances. More information can be found by downloading this PDF document developed by the United States Fire Administration.
Have your fireplace or wood-burning stove chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.
Have your furnace inspected and maintained by a qualified specialist on an annual basis.
Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening, to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted materials from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants.
If you use an electric space heater, be sure not to overload the circuit and make sure to only use extension cords which have the necessary rating to carry an amp load.
Finally, if there is a fire hydrant near your home, you can help us by keeping the hydrant clear of snow so in the event it is needed, it can be located and accessed.