Quincy, MA - The heat is on, and not just because it's Valentine's Day weekend.
Temperatures remain bitter cold in Ohio with the mercury hardly hovering into the double-digits.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued a renewed warning Feb. 14, 2014 about the fire dangers associated with heating equipment.
Remember improper use of heating equipment can be incredibly dangerous and misuse is a leading cause of home fire deaths.
According to NFPA, half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
Half of the home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that started when something that could burn was too close to the heating equipment.
NFPA offers several tips you can follow to ensure a safe and cozy remaining 2014 winter:
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment
- Have a three-foot "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 pro
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying
- Burn only dry, seasoned wood.
- Allow ashes to cool before disposing in a metal container
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.