Use and maintain supplemental heating devices in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
Do not leave heating devices unattended or turned on while you are sleeping.
Provide all heating devices with at least 3 feet of clear space away from beds, drapes, furniture, and other combustible materials.
Examine gas lines for punctures or splits. Check the connectors and valves for leaks.
Leave space for air to circulate around other heat-producing equipment, such as copy machines, coffee makers, and computers.
Keep appliances away from anything that might catch fire. Do not stack books or papers on top of computer monitors.
Designate someone to turn off or unplug all appliances at the end of each workday at work.
Chimneys & Fireplaces
Clean and maintain chimneys fireplaces and furnaces on a regular basis. Most fires in wood stoves, fireplaces, and chimneys occur because of a lack of regular cleaning, leading to the buildup of creosote (the residue of unburned fuel).
Keep sparks and embers inside the fireplace with fire screens made of heat-tempered glass or sturdy metal.
Burn dry, well-seasoned hard wood because it’s the most efficient fuel.