Tips For A Safe Home Heating Season

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Now that fall has officially begun, the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department reminds residents to have their stove and chimney checked and cleaned before use.

“Chimney fires can be prevented with a little maintenance,” said Chief Rob Jarvis with Christopher-Kohl’s fire. “Let’s have a safe fall and winter season.”

The focus of this year’s fire prevention week is kitchen fires. Jarvis said residents should not use their kitchen oven or burners to heat a house and don’t leave a pot or pan on the stove unattended.

Other tips include:

Chimneys need a spark arrestor before lighting a fire.

Have a professional check heating stoves’ firebox and components.

If using an electric heater, make sure the wiring is intact and the tip-over switch is working.

Check a furnace for cracks in the heat exchanger.

Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, replacing the batteries once a year or more.

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