Home Heating Safety

The week of November 13-19, 2016 is dedicated as Winter Weather Awareness Week.

I hope that each of you take this opportunity to look over your winter weather plan.

Remember to plan for the possibility of a power outage when planning on how to keep you home warm during winter weather events.

Here are some safety tips when considering how to keep your home warm:

Space Heater [space-heater-2

  • Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing and curtains, at lease 3 feet away from the heater.
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if its tops over, it shuts off.
  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Plug portble heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.

Fireplace Safetygeorgina_masonry_fireplace_433_01

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your home.

Wood Stovetribute_seafoam_web

  • Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn
  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.

Furnace furnace

  • Have your furnace inspected each year.
  • Keep anthing that can burn away from the furnace.

Kerosene Heaterkerosene-heater

  • Only use kerosene heters from a recognized testing laboratory
  • Make suer the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Refuel your cooled heater outside.