FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION PAGE
"GIVE SPACE HEATERS SPACE"
Everyone should be aware of the following hazards when buying and using electric space heaters, wood burning heaters and gas space heaters:
Fires and burns caused by contact with or close proximity to the flame, heating element or hot surface
Fires and explosions caused by flammable fuels or defective wiring
Indoor air pollution caused by improper venting or incomplete combustion
Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by improper venting of fuel burning equipment
We offer the following general suggestions for selection, safe use and maintenance of electric space heaters, wood burning heaters and gas space heaters:
Buy a space heater with a guard around the flame area or the heating coil. This will help keep children, pets and clothing away from the heat source.
When selecting a heater, look for one that has been tested and labeled by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
Read and follow the manufacturer's operating instructions.
Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
Keep doors open to the rest of the house if you are using an unvented, fuel burning space heater.
Never use a space heater overnight in the room where you are sleeping
Never use or store flammable liquids (such as gasoline) around a space heater.
Be aware that mobile homes require specially designed heating equipment. Only electric or vented fuel fired heaters should be used.
Place heaters at least three (3) feet away from objects such as bedding, furniture and paper.
Portable Electric Space Heaters
Use heaters on the floor - never place heaters on furniture.
Do not use heaters in wet or moist places such as bathrooms.
Do not place power cord for heater under rugs.
Do not use extension cords.
Be sure that the plug fits snugly in the outlet
Broken heaters should be checked and repaired by a qualified appliance service center.
Wood Burning Heaters
Existing building codes and manufacturer's instructions must be followed during installation.
Check chimney and stove pipes frequently during heating season for creosote build-up and clean when necessary.
Stoves must be placed on an approved floor protector or fire resistant floor.
Do not burn trash or anything other than the proper fuel.
Use metal container for ash removal.
Gas Space Heaters
All new unvented gas fired space heaters should be equipped with an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS). An ODS detects a reduced level of oxygen in the area where the heater is operating.
Always have your gas heater and venting system professionally installed and inspected.
Vented gas fired heaters can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning if they are not vented properly.
REMEMBER....BEFORE USING ANY TYPE OF SPACE HEATER, READ & FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS.