Fireplace And Space Heater Safety


It’s easy to get caught up in all weather related concerns this time of year when Mother Nature is in the mood to give us her cold winter’s chill. After all, how will we be able to go about our lives when we’re too cold to function? However, we mustn’t just concern ourselves with keeping warm, we must make sure we’re safe while we’re at it too.

Ironically, fires are very common during the winter months. “As people attempt to stay warm, the heating equipment comes on, and the fireplaces are lit. There are some simple things you can do to keep you and your family safe this winter,”Oklahoma City District Fire Chief Benny Fulkerson said.

Fireplaces and space heaters are among the most common culprits of residential fires. It’s important to keep them in check. For instance, fireplace chimneys need to be inspected and cleaned each year by a qualified professional before they are lit for the first time. Space heaters, on the other hand, must be at least three feet away from combustible items such as bedding, furniture, walls or anything else that can burn.

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