According to the NFPA, heating
The NFPA recommends the following safety precautions when using heating equipment:
· 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.
· 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.
· Never plug a space heater into a power strip or “multi-plug.” Plug it directly into an outlet.
· Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not place an electrical cord under a rug.
· Always use only the type 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.
· Do not burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood, or wrapping paper in a home fireplace.
Test smoke alarms monthly .
Smoke is the major killer in home
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%, and that's important, because a home fire starts every 83 seconds! The faster you know about a fire, the faster you can start moving your family outside. But the dectector is useless if the batteries are not replaced yearly, and the unit is tested monthly. Replace the detector when 10 years old. Date of manufacture is on the back of the unit.
Carbon Monoxide detectors are
just as important.............
Bogotafire.org - updated January 2022