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When Heating Your Home Take Precautions
November 7, 2012
As the weather becomes colder, homeowners are seeking alternative and economical methods to keep warm. Heating fires are the second leading cause of residential fires and fire-related deaths.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, on average, each year (2008 -2010), approximately 150 deaths, 575 injuries and $326 million in property damage occurred in the U.S. due to home heating fires.
he Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (
) urge residents to b
e vigilant when using alternative heating methods.
To assure your family’s safety when keeping warm, adhere to the following precautions:
Fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances
Keep fireplaces and woodstoves clean.
Clean annually by a certified chimney specialist.
Keep area around fireplace and woodstove clean and free of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces.
Install stovepipe thermometers to monitor flue temperatures,
Keep air inlets open on woodstoves and fireplaces.
If closed, inlets cause creosote buildup and lead to chimney fires.
Use fire resistant materials around woodstoves, i.e. walls and floors.
Safely Burn Fuels
use flammable liquids to start a fire.
Use only seasoned wood.
Certain types of wood increases creosote buildup, i.e. soft moist wood.
Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
leave a fire unattended in a fireplace.
Extinguish fire before leaving the house or going to bed.
remove ashes in a covered metal container.
Buy only UL-approved heaters.
Check with local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community.
fill your heater with gasoline or camp stove fuel.
Both flare-up easily and increase the risk of fire.
Use only fuels appropriate for appliance.
Refuel outside and only after heater has cooled.
use kerosene heaters in small enclosed areas.
Potential for carbon monoxide poisoning.
When using, keep a window ajar or the door open.
nnually, clean kerosene heaters and replace wicks.
Electric Space Heaters
Buy only heaters with Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) safety listing.
Be sure it has a thermostat control mechanism and automatically switches off if tipped over.
unplug when not in use.
Avoid using extension cords.
use frayed or damaged cords.
To significantly increase your chances of surviving a fire in your home, more than 82%, install smoke alarms and sprinklers in the home.
In addition, develop and practice a home fire escape plan and be sure everyone is familiar with the plan.
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