Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 52,000 home fires a year occur as a result of home heating systems. This represents 15% of all home fires overall! These fires cause over $1 Billion dollars a year in property damage and take about 500 lives!
Winter Home Heating Safety Tips
Here are some tips to keep you safe during winter
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the silent killer. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and poisonous. One of the major sources of carbon monoxide is from heating appliances that are not properly maintained. Make sure your home has working CO detectors on every floor.
Remember to clear away snow and/or debris from appliance vents and intakes.
Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from any heating appliance.
Create a home escape plan and practice it with your family.
Wood stoves, pellet stoves, coal stoves, fireplaces, etc.
Have your chimney professionally cleaned annually.
Make sure stoves and appliances are listed and approved by an organization like UL or FM
Get a building permit before installing any of these appliances.
Keep anything that can burn freely at least three feet away from fire and appliances
Dispose ashes in a metal container with a lid, and place the contained away from the house, garage, or shed. Ash piles insulate themselves and can still be hot enough to cause a fire hours after they appear cool.