Use Heating Equipment Safely



The following article is from the International Fire Marshals Association.

With fuel price increases, it is expected alternatives for heating homes will be sought. It is important to understand the rules of safe heating from Day One.

Safety Tips:

• When buying a new unit, have a qualified technician install it, or check that it has been installed properly.

  • For wood stoves or fireplaces, have a professional inspect the chimney and related equipment every year, and have it cleaned regularly.
  • When burning wood, use properly seasoned wood. For information, see the Department of Energy Web site at
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  • Fuel portable kerosene heaters in a well-ventilated area and only when the device is cool. Use only the fuel specified by the manufacturer.
  • When turning a heater on or off, follow the instructions. Choose devices with automatic shutoff features.
  • Make sure any gas-fueled heater is adequately ventilated. Never use liquefied-petroleum gas heaters with self-contained fuel supplies in the home.
  • Portable space heaters should be turned off every time you leave a room or go to bed.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposal. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.

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