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December, January & February are the leading months for U.S. home fires according to a fire department source. Space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces and candles all contribute to the problem. Taking some basic precautions when using any of these items will greatly reduce the chance of fire:
Make Space for Your Space Heater
Make sure your space heater has been tested by a lab and is labeled safe.
Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything.
Never use an extension cord with a space heater.
Avoid running electrical cords under carpets or rugs.
Use the proper fuel for liquid fueled heaters to prevent over-taxing its capacity.
Allow heaters to cool before refueling.
Use liquid fueled heaters in well ventilated areas to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fireplaces & Wood Stoves
Clean and inspect your fireplace chimney annually.
Use mesh or glass screens to stop sparks from popping out onto flooring.
Install a chimney cap to prevent objects from lodging in the chimney.
Never burn anything other than wood. Paper products can float out of the chimney igniting the roof and surrounding area.
Keep your fireplace clean. Remove ashes and store in metal container outside the home.
Do not leave burning candle unattended.
Place candle away from drafts to prevent uneven burning, drip and smoking.
Keep candle in non-tip candle holder on a heat resistant surface.
Place candle away from everything.
Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of small children.
Extinguish all candles by wetting the wick before leaving, or retiring.
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