Safety Tips

Supplemental Heating Devices

  • 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.

Heat-Producing Appliances

  • 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.