Home Heating No-No’sBy Home Security Source Nov 9 , 2010 | 10:15:00 amPosted in: Fire Prevention, Home
As we start to feel the chill of winter in our bones, the heat gets cranked up and the firewood is put to use. During winter months home fires increase and many are caused by heating appliances. Quick-fix heating solutions may seem like a good cost-saving idea but can be potentially life threatening. Here are a few heating no-no’s to keep in mind as winter approaches.
• Use a blow dryer under blankets to create warmth
• Ignite a barbeque indoors to heat your home
• Turn on the stove to generate heat indoors
• Leave candles lit overnight for extra heat
• Leave portable gas heaters on overnight
• Use a fireplace that has not be cleaned or inspected in the past year
• Use more then one electrical blanket at a time
• Tuck a heating blanket underneath a mattress or couch cushion
In 2007 U.S. fire departments responded to 66,400 home fires caused by heating equipment. The items listed above are serious fire and carbon monoxide hazards and should never be considered as options for generating heat. It is also important to remember to keep anything flammable at least three feet away from all heating equipment.
To help prevent home heating fires install monitored fire and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.
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