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From Parish President M. Larry Richard - Heating Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association -  12/21/2022

For more information contact: Prescott Marshall

There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace.

But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths?

With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

• Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet (one metre) away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

• Have a three-foot (one metre) “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.

• Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

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