Heating Safety

An ember from the chimney caught this roof on fire.Heating is the second leading cause of residential fires, according to the United States Fire Administration. They also say deaths due to fires caused by heating a home are particularly preventable.

When using a space heater, always:

  • Unplug them when you leave the room or before you go to sleep.
  • Remember, "space heaters need space." Keep curtains and anything that could burn at least three feet away. 

If heating your home with a furnace, remember to:

  • Have your furnace regularly checked by a professional.
  • Keep all materials (newspapers, boxes of decorations, rags, etc.) at least three feet from the furnace and water heater.

When using a wood burning fireplace or stove to heat your home, remember to:

  • Burn only seasoned, dry wood.
  • Have your chimney frequently cleaned by a professional to help avoid a build-up of creosote. Creosote can catch on fire inside the chimney.
  • Never burn paper, Christmas trees or greenery, or other items in your fireplace.
  • Make sure your fireplace has glass doors or a tight fitting screen to keep sparks from flying out.

And, install and maintain smoke alarms in your home.