BRFD: Tips to prevent heating equipment fires
BATON ROUGE - In preparation for the upcoming cold temperatures, the Baton Rouge Fire Department has released a few tips to prevent heating equipment fires.
-When selecting heating equipment, choose one that bears the mark of an independent testing facility and of course, meets local fire and building codes
-Portable/other space heaters – electric powered or fueled by gas, liquid fuel (kerosene) or solid fuel (wood). Place all heaters at least 3 ft. away from anything that can burn, including furniture, bedding, clothing, pets and people.
-Never leave space heaters operating in a room unattended or when asleep, nor should small children or pets be left unsupervised in a room with a space heater.
-For electric heaters, before use, always check for fraying or splitting wires. Never use extension cords, they can easily overheat.
-Have chimneys professionally inspected and cleaned if recommended. Use a sturdy protective screen. Burn only wood – never paper, pine boughs or flammable liquids.
-For wood stoves, follow manufacturers suggested installation recommendations and have chimney connections and flues inspected before use each season. Also, protect the floor from heat and hot coals
-Never use your oven or stove burners to heat your home.
-As Always make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home and practice your escape plan with your family.