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Think Twice Before Starting Secondary Sources of Heating

Springwater Fire Reminding Residents to Think Twice Before Starting Secondary Heating Sources

With the anticipated swing in temperature from milder to drastically colder later this week, Springwater Fire and Emergency Services is reminding residents to answer some simple safety questions before starting up those secondary heat sources.
  1. Was the chimney, fireplace and or wood stove inspected this year?
  2. Do you have a proper storage place and container for ashes to cool before disposing of them?  A place outside of the home, in a metal container with a tight fitting lid is a good place to start.
  3. Do you have enough space for the space heater to work safely? Remember to give your heater a meter of space from any combustible surface.
  4. Does the space heater have a nationally certified label on it? 
  5. Is the space heater's cord and plug in good condition?
  6. Is the space heater on a flat and level surface?
  7. Was the space heater turned off before going to bed?
  8. Do I have working Carbon Monoxide (CO) and fire alarms in my home?

Take a few minutes to answer these important questions before starting a secondary heating source and keep your home safe and warm during the upcoming cold snap.

Posted on 02/09/2016
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