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Preventing House Fires From Alternate Heat Sources

Baby, it's cold outside, however, it's getting expensive to turn up that oil heater. A growing number of home owners are turning to alternate sources of heating. People are turning to fire wood, electric heaters, and gas fireplaces for added heat, however, these heat sources present a new set of warnings for fire prevention.

Electric heaters or electric fireplaces:

Ensure you read your manufacturer's directions and obey the warning labels for your portable heater. Never leave it unattended, and always unplug it when not in use. When you do unplug the unit, pull the cord straight out to avoid cord damage.

Never plug the heater into a power strip or extension cord to avoid getting too hot. Keep flammable items at least three feet away from the heater, and never obstruct the air intake or outlet.

A Wood Fireplace:

Have a qualified person check and clean your chimney on a regular basis. Keep any flammable items far from the front of the fireplace, and cover the front with a glass or metal screen. Store matches or lighters in a locked cabinet.

General Safety Suggestions:

Candles are frequently used during the holidays. Never leave them unattended or burning in an enclosed area. Always use stable candle holders that are not likely to tip over. Blow out the candles when you leave the room.

Devise an escape strategy for the family, and practice it twice a year. Each room ought to have 2 exits, and select an outdoor meeting point. Set up smoke detectors on every level of your house. Mark a date on the calendar to check them monthly and replace the batteries every time you change your clocks.

Clean the lint filter in your clothes dryer every time you use it. The build up of lint can catch fire.

Find out how to put out a pan fire by sliding the lid over the flames and always keep a kitchen fire extinguisher handy.

Everyone in the family needs to know how to "Stop, Drop and Roll" if their clothes catch fire. To access the best air for breathing, practice getting down low, and crawling as an escape method. Keep emergency telephone numbers handy.Heating And Cooling Tucson AZ\n

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