Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Focus on Fire Safety - Home Heating Equipment

According to the National Fire Protection Association home heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February, In fact in 2006, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 64,100 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 540 civilian deaths, 1,400 civilian injuries, and $943 million in direct property damage. Given these sobering statistics, the Tacoma Fire Department encourages you to check your heating systems and watch how you heat as winter approaches.
Make sure your fireplace and wood stove have a clean chimney.
Portable Heaters
Remember, keep combustibles three feet from the heat.
An annual inspection is key.
Barbeque's and carbon monoxide poisoning
Never use a barbecue indoors for heating due to winter storms and extended power outages.