Rain, wind and cold weather has all come to the northwest over the past week; it is officially fall! As the temperature drops outside, the urge to turn on our indoor heating units grows. While turning up the thermostat may make us feel warm and cozy, it is important to be aware of the potential risks of using indoor heating. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Here are some important reminders to keep you safe in this cold weather:
- Do not leave clutter near a heat source. Keep objects at safe distance of at least 3 feet from any portable heaters, vents, or fireplaces. This includes furniture and bedding
- When unattended, always turn off and unplug portable heaters.
- If using a fire place, always use a fire screen to prevent damage caused by sparks and embers. Never burn garbage or rubbish in the fire and make sure your home is properly ventilated.
- Inspect all heat sources for potential carbon monoxide danger or have them inspected by a professional. Install CO detection devices to ensure safety.
- Make sure your home is properly equipped with smoke detectors and check them monthly.
While these tips may seem like common sense, it is easy to overlook basic safety precautions when it comes to our home. Stay warm, cozy and safe this fall!