Keep an eye on heating equipment when temps drop | News
Clearwater, Florida -- The city is asking all residents to exercise care when using home heating equipment.
"Almost half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February," the city fire department reported Thursday.
The department offered these tips on how to stay safe during the cooler season:
- Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from hearing equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
- Turn space heaters off when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters
- Keep a 3-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 qualified professional.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
The fire department also recommends you check your smoke alarms once every month.