Firefighters say heating equipment is the second most common cause of home fires after cooking. Firefighters say they receive the most calls on chimney fires, but they say a lot can be prevented.
Any type of heating system should be inspected before it is used. Space heaters should be placed two to three feet away from any objects and also should be turned off when you leave the house or go to bed at night. When burning wood in fireplaces or wood stoves, it is important to use seasoned wood. Plan ahead of time and have someone inspect your heating system before the cold weather comes.
"Don't rely on yourself if you've never done it before make sure you have a professional come and clean out any types of chimneys or woodstoves or any kinds of furnaces; that's the main thing; you want to make sure that they're clean and properly waiting to be used for the first time," says Wanda Willis, a Fire Prevention Officer.
Wanda Willis also says to test your smoke alarm monthly to make sure it works. Willis says it is also important to have a carbon monoxide alarm in your house; anything that has a flame can cause carbon monoxide. To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, you can go to our featured links section.