Heater safety tips

12:47 AM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The National Fire Protection Association says an estimated 900 portable heater fires in residential buildings are reported to fire departments each year and cause 70 deaths, 150 injuries, and $53 million in property loss.

With that in mind, here are some safety tips from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot "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 manufacturer's 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.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.





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