Here are some practical safety tips to help keep you and your family safe.
- Install and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
- Test smoke alarms monthly
- Never use your oven to heat your home
- Keep anything that can burn a least three feet away from heating equipment
- Never hang anything from gas pipes or fuel oil pipes
- Teach your children what to do in case of an emergency
With any application and practice common sense is the key, we all need to be reminded sometimes of the little things we may take for granted. When heating your home, it is important to take some everyday thought into being safe.
- Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers on each floor of your home. Check them regularly and know how to use them.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- 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.
- Space heaters should always be placed at least three feet from furniture, walls and anything that could ignite from the heat.
- Only use the manufacturer-recommended fuel in your portable heater.
- Never add fuel to a space heater while it’s in use. Wait until it has been turned off and cooled down completely, and then take it outdoors to fill it with fuel.
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters at all times.