Paducah Fire Department Provides Information about Heating Your Home Safely

fire department logoDate of release:  January 29, 2019

The Paducah Fire Department wants to share the following information about heating your home safely.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, home fires occur more often in the winter months than any other time of the year.  Heating is the second leading cause of home fires fatalities with smoking as the leading cause.

Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Greg Cherry says, “One of the biggest mistakes is placing objects, especially flammable objects such as bedding, clothing, and curtains, too close to a heating source.  Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from fireplaces, space heaters, wood stoves, candles, and radiators.  Remember that these heating sources can cause skin burns as well.  Please make sure that children and pets stay several feet away.”

To keep your family safe this winter season, the Paducah Fire Department encourages the public to follow these heating reminders:

  • Never use an oven to heat your home.
  • Turn off space heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Make sure the heating appliance (space heater and/or kerosene heater) has an automatic shut-off so that that if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance, such as a space heater, into an electrical outlet at a time.  Also, never use an extension cord or power strip with heat-producing appliances.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected each year by a professional.
  • If using a fireplace, keep a glass or metal screen in front of it to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, put the fire out before going to bed or leaving the home, and properly store the ashes in a metal container with a lid at least three feet from the home.
  • If you use natural gas or propane, install carbon monoxide alarms and test them monthly.

Cherry adds, “I encourage everyone to make a fire escape plan for their home.  Also, be aware of the items that you may need in case of an emergency.  Keep the telephone, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and aids such as walkers, canes, or wheelchairs, nearby.”

Additional fire safety information can be found at www.nfpa.org and www.usfa.fema.gov/.

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