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Home Heating

Increasing fuel and utility prices have led many homeowners to use alternate heating methods.  Supplemental heating sources add warmth – and considerable fire risks – to your home.  A home where a space heater is the primary heat source is 3 times more likely to have a heating fire than a home where a central heating system is the primary source of heat.

Causes of Heating Fires

Major causes of home heating fires include:
  • Failure to clean wood burning devices
  • Burning improper materials in your fireplace/wood burning stove
  • Lack of proper ventilation around space heaters
  • Improper heater refueling
Use Supplemental Heating Equipment Properly
Proper placement and use of supplemental heating equipment will help prevent fires:
  • Allow at least 3 feet of open space on all sides of space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces
  • Refuel your heater only when it is cool
  • Refuel the heater away from open flames such as pilot lights, candles or lit cigarettes
  • If you use a space heater, choose one with a “tip switch” that automatically shuts off the unit if it is tipped over
  • Be sure that your wood stove is properly installed and up to code
  • Have wood stoves, fireplaces and chimneys inspected yearly.
  • Clean them regularly
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