Winter Fires

Safety tips for your home

 Be sure your heater is in good working condition. Never use fuel burning appliances without proper ventilation. NEVER use a fuel not intended for the type of heater you’re using.

 Keep all flammables stored away from heating unit, preferably outside. NEVER fill the unit while it is on or if off while it is still hot. Fuelling should be done outside your home.

 If using the unit in a bedroom, be sure the room is properly ventilated to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.

 Wood stoves and fireplaces are common in more homes. Pay attention to the following for your health and safety.

 • Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly. (If you have just purchased the house, ask the realtors when the chimney was swept last) wood stoves should be a minimum of 36” from a combustible surface, with proper protection for the floor.

• Wood stoves should be of good, solid construction and design, and UL lab tested to insure it meets safety standards.

• Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessarily by a licensed agent, especially if it has not been used for some time.

• Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire, this is not your outdoor grill.

• Keep a glass or screen in front of the fireplace to prevent sparks or embers from igniting a fire on your carpet or woof floor to help prevent burns to you or the loss of the house.

• The stove should be burned hot twice a day for 15 -30 minutes to prevent creosote buildup.

NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. This can cause the fire to reignite and fill the house with carbon monoxide.

Never burn charcoal in the house

• It is important to have your furnace inspected to insure it is in proper working order.

 Finally…

Be sure every level of your house has a working smoke and carbon alarm, and be sure to check and clean them on a monthly basis. Replace batteries twice a year wither their beeping or not, the same for your heater and A/C filters.

 

 

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