12/7/2011 - Beware of home heating hazards
With the year drawing to a close and temperatures dropping, the National Fire Protection Agency is reminding homeowners that fire prevention is particularly important in the cold weather months.
According to the NFPA, heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths, most of which occur in the months of December, January and February.
To help families avoid the risk of fire, the NFPA and public safety organizations are offering several tips.
For example, the organizations advise homeowners to make sure their heating system is properly ventilated. In addition, material that could potentially start a fire should be removed from heating sources, such as curtains or lampshades.
To save money, many families use fireplaces and wood stoves in place of electric heat. Proper maintenance of manual forms of heating is crucial, the NFPA advises. Using seasoned wood can help diminish creosote build-up, which can act as a fire accelerant. Screens or doors should cover fireplaces to control sparks.
For more fire safety information from the NFPA, click here