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Cold weather home heating safety tips as temperature drops

With cooler temperatures on the way, now is a good time to go over some safety precautions when it comes to home heating.

Most people probably already know but a reminder doesn't hurt

Canadians are heading into another winter. Here are some home heating safety tips you may not know about. (File Photo/Michael Dalder/Reuters)

With cooler temperatures on the way, now is a good time to go over some safety precautions when it comes to home heating.

Here are a few cold weather safety tips to using heating equipment from the National Fire Protection Association and the Canada Safety Council: 

  1. Keep anything that can burn at least a metre away from heating equipment such as a furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. 
  2. Have a 1-metre kid-free zone around open fires and space heaters. 
  3. Never use your oven to heat your home. 
  4. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. 
  5. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving a room. 
  6. Be sure to use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. 
  7. Make sure the screen on fireplaces is sturdy enough to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
  8. Make sure ashes are cool before putting them into a metal container and keep the container a safe distance away from the home. 
  9. Test smoke alarms monthly. 
  10. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  11. Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms.
  12. If you smell gas in a gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department. 

Also worth keeping in mind that you should never use a BBQ indoors, including a garage. A BBQ uses combustible fuel, which releases carbon monoxide. 

A reminder to also clean the dryer lint filter before and after each use to minimize the risk of a dryer fire.


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