Cold weather home heating safety tips as temperature drops
Most people probably already know but a reminder doesn't hurt
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:
- Keep anything that can burn at least a metre away from heating equipment such as a furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
- Have a 1-metre kid-free zone around open fires and space heaters.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving a room.
- Be sure to use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Make sure the screen on fireplaces is sturdy enough to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
- Make sure ashes are cool before putting them into a metal container and keep the container a safe distance away from the home.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
- All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms.
- 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.