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Heating Safety Tips!

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Heating Safety Tips! Stay warm & safe this winter!

Winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures.  No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather.  Many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves to help keep homes cozy.  

Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually.  Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire.  

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and 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.  Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.  
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

If your property does suffer from fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview – (773) 935-6750.

Source: Residential Newsline  Volume 15, Issue 1

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