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With the temperatures dipping, home owners have fired up their heating appliances and fire places. Did you know that heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, and the leading cause of home fire deaths in the U.S. Most home heating fire deaths involved stationary or portable space heaters. The leading factor contributing to home heating fires was failure to clean solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys. Fires confined to chimneys, flues, or fuel burners account for 75 percent of home heating fires. Follow these home heating tips from the Bismarck Fire Department to help prevent winter fires and to stay safe this season:
• Have fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
• Keep anything that can catch fire at least 3 feet from heating equipment.
• Turn space heaters off when leaving a room or going to bed.
• Never use an oven to heat your home.
• Make sure vents for the furnace, water heater, stove, and fireplace are kept clear of snow and debris.
• Install Smoke Alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
• Install Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of the home, and test them monthly.
For more information contact the Bismarck Fire Department at (701) 355-1400 or visit our website at www.bismarcknd.gov/fire.