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Heat Your Home Safely

Remember these tips when heating your home this winter:


Fireplace safety

  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected each year by a professional.
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out.
  • Do not burn paper in your fi replace.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your home.

Portable heater safety

  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shutoff, so it shuts off it if tips over.
  • Place space heaters on a flat, level surface, away from high-traffic areas.
  • Plug space heaters into an outlet and avoid using an extension cord.
  • Never leave space heaters unattended.
  • Only use space heaters with the certification label of a nationally recognized testing lab.
  • Don't use a space heater if the plug is broken or the cord is frayed, worn or damaged.

Home Heating Tips

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