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The weather continues to grow colder and that means people continue to reach for their heating equipment. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment caused 21% of home fire deaths in 2010. No matter how you stay warm this winter, we want you to be safe, so we compiled a list of safety tips for each heating source.
Your central heating system is the single most important factor in staying comfortable this winter. To ensure safe operation of your furnace all winter long, we recommend the following actions:
Wood stoves cause over 9,000 residential fires each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. To prevent this, make sure your wood stove is safe by observing the following:
A fireplace can offer both relaxation and warmth. Many families associate the winter and holiday seasons with gatherings around the fireplace. Here are a few ways you can keep your fireplace safe:
The elements of some electric space heaters get hot enough to ignite combustible materials if care is not taken. When using your electric space heater this winter, remember these tips:
Before purchasing a kerosene heater, check with the local fire department to make sure that they are allowed in residential applications in your area. You may also want to check with you homeowner’s insurance company to see if damage caused by kerosene heaters is covered in your policy. If you have a kerosene heater, or are purchasing one, take heed of the following.
As the weather grows colder and you turn more and more to heat sources to keep yourself warm, remember these tips to keep your family and your home safe this winter.