We're finally getting fall weather here in Southern California! It's cold, and we use different ways to keep our home warm and cozy - whether it be a portable heater or a fireplace. There are safety precautions you should take to ensure the safety of you and your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.
Here are some tips from the NFPA to keep our homes warm and safe.
- Keep anything flammable at least 3 feet away from a heating element.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment per the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Always turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Make sure fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
- Ashes should be cool before putting them in an empty metal container and keep container a safe distance away from your home.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
These tips can prevent most heating-related fires from occurring. For more information, you can check out the NFPA website here.