While Pasadena Experiences Cold Snap, Home Heating Safety is the Name of the Game

Published : Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 6:34 PM

As Pasadena continues to experience chilly night-time temperatures in the low 40’s, residents should be aware that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that most home heating fires occur during the winter months. Homeowners can help prevent them by following a few simple tips and precautions:

• Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

• Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

• Never use your oven to heat your home.

• 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.

• Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

• Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container, which you should keep a safe distance away from your home.

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

• When using wood-burning stoves, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions, or have a professional do the installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

• Residents should also install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.

• If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave home immediately and call your local fire department or the gas company.

For more information about fire safety, visit www.nfpa.org.







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