Tips to Heat Your Home Safely This Winter

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The next time you turn up your thermostat, please keep in mind that home heating fires are the most common in winter months. In fact, half of all home heating fires happen between December and February! So scary!

Some people need a helping hand. That is where the U.S. Fire Administration suggests reaching out to your older friends and neighbors to make sure their homes are heated safety. Especially the elderly.

 

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There’s no way to stop winter cold from coming, but there are several ways to make your home both safe and cozy this winter. Check out the tips below.

Tips to Heat Your Home Safely This Winter

  • Have a professional inspect your furnace, chimney and chimney vents at least once a year.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces and your home heating vents.
  • Keep a metal or heat-tempered glass screen in front of your fireplace.
  • Allow ashes from your fireplace or wood stove to cool before throwing them out. Place the ashes in a tightly covered metal container outside at least 10 feet (3 meters) away from your home. Never empty ashes directly into a trash can.
  • Turn off space heaters and put out fires in your fireplace when you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Buy portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off switch. If the heater tips over, it will turn off. Plug portable heaters directly into wall outlets, do not use an extension cord or power strip.
  • Put carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home. Test them each month.

 

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For additional home-heating fire safety information, visit USFA online at www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/heating.html.
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Comments

  1. These are great tips! I have my carbon monoxide detectors.

  2. donna porter says:

    These are some great tips.

  3. We always have someone come out each year to inspect the heater. We also have a carbon monoxide detector on each level of our house.

  4. Jennifer H. says:

    These are great tips to know!

  5. Diane Mania says:

    I reaaly need one in my home

  6. Victoria Scott says:

    Our fireplace is in our eat-in kitchen, which is very cool, but after reading this, I just went and moved 2 of the chairs from that side of the table. Thank you for the reminders!!

  7. We do have a few carbon monoxide detectors on each level of my home. That is always a worry. I know space heaters can cause fire, we do not have any though.

  8. vickie couturier says:

    some really good tips,,you have to be sure your pets arent near any heating devices that can be tipped over,my brothers dog toppled their heater over and caught the house on fire,,total loss and the dog died of smoke inhalation

  9. Very important tips! 🙂

  10. I have a portable heater in my craft room which shuts off automatically

  11. You made some very good safety points. We do have a space heater but it’s square and is hard to tip over but I do have to remind my teen to turn it off before she goes to bed as it’s stayed on all night a few times!

  12. I am glad that we have carbon monoxide detectors in our home.

  13. Great tips. I use a portable heater with automatic shut off, but I have it plugged in to an extension cord. 😮

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