Translation

Cooler temperatures usher in heating precautions

title

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, January, 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.

Related articles

Practice makes a difference when fire strikes home of fire safety educator

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


Related Articles

Fire department in Oakville, Ontario, kicks off Fire Prevention Week with a day full of activities

By nfpa@jiveon.com The Oakville Fire Department kicked off Fire Prevention Week (FPW) activities on Saturday, September 30th at the fire…

You have only one more week to apply for NFPA’s public education grant

By Lisa Braxton One more week remains before the deadline to apply for the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education…

Flameless candles provide beauty and safety to any holiday/winter decor

By LisaMarie Sinatra It’s amazing how fast the holidays come and go, don’t you think? I liken the season to…