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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. More and more 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 cautions for fire prevention.

Electric heaters or electric fireplaces:

See to it you review your manufacturer's instructions and heed the warning labels for your mobile heater. Never leave it unattended, and always disconnect it when not in use. When you do disconnect 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 individual inspect 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. Keep matches or lighters in a locked cabinet.

General Safety Suggestions:

Candles are generally used throughout the holidays. Never leave them unattended or burning in a confined area. Always use stable candle holders that are not likely to tip over. Blow out the candles when you leave the room.

Develop an escape plan for the family, and practice it two times a year. Each room should have 2 exits, and pick an outdoor meeting place. Install smoke alarms on every level of your house. Mark a date on the calendar to test them monthly and change 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 ways 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 ought 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 phone numbers handy.Go To This Web Page\nPhoenix Arizona broken heaters fixed


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