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Wentzville FPD News & Fire Safety Tips

Home Heating

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths.

WFPD and The National Fire Protection Association recommend following these general home heating safety tips:

  1. Keep anything that can burn (including papers, rugs, and curtains) at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

  2. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

  3. Never use your oven to heat your home.

  4. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

  5. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

  6. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

  7. Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.

If you are using a space heater make sure to follow these tips:

  1. Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.

  2. Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.

  3. Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.

  4. Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep.

  5. Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.

  6. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

  7. Do not place space heaters in high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.

  8. Plug space heaters directly into a nearby wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire.

  9. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.

  10. Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.

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