As winter continues to make a comeback, the risk of residential fires goes up. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires, accounting for 14 percent of all residential fires across the nation. In many cases, these tragic events can be avoided by taking a few simple precautions.
- Hire a qualified professional to clean and inspect your furnace, chimneys, and other heating equipment on an annual basis.
- Only use heating equipment that has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory.
- Maintain adequate space around all heating equipment. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heat sources.
- When using space heaters, plug them directly into electrical outlets rather than using extension cords or power strips.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors in your home. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for placement of these alarms, and replace the batteries at least once per year.
Source: State Auto Twitter