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Cooler temperatures usher in heating precautions

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By Lisa Braxton

In many parts of the country, cold weather is on its way. It’s a time when our thoughts turn to furnaces, fireplaces, and space heaters. NFPA’s heating safety information tells us that half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, Janvier, and February.

Some simple steps can help us stay warm while preventing most heating-related fires from happening.

  • 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.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month, using the test button.

You can find more tips on the heating safety tips sheet. For the fire service, the heating equipment safety toolkit includes everything needed to teach residents of a community how to heat their homes safely.

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