The high cost of home heating fuels and utilities have caused many Americans to search for alternate sources of home heating. The use of woodburning stoves is growing and space heaters are selling rapidly, or coming out of storage. Fireplaces are burning wood and manmade logs.

All these methods of heating may be acceptable. They are, however, a major contributing factor in residential fires.
Many of these fires can be prevented. The following fire safety tips can help you maintain a fire safe home this winter.

-Be sure your heater is in good working
condition. Inspect exhaust parts for
carbon buildup. Be sure the heater has an
emergency shut off in case the heater is
tipped over.

-Never use fuel burning appliances without
proper room venting. Burning fuel (coal,
kerosene, or propane, for example) can
produce deadly fumes.

-Use ONLY the fuel recommended by the
heater manufacturer. NEVER introduce a
fuel into a unit not designed for that type

-Keep kerosene, or other flammable liquids
stored in approved metal containers, in well
ventilated storage areas, outside of the house.

-NEVER fill the heater while it is operating or
hot. When refueling an oil or kerosene unit,
avoid overfilling. DO NOT use cold fuel for it
may expand in the tank as it warms up.

-Refueling should be done outside of the
home (or outdoors). Keep young children
away from space heaters–especially when
they are wearing night gowns or other
loose clothing that can be easily ignited.

-When using a fuel burning appliance in the
bedroom, be sure there is proper ventilation
to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide.