Fire Safety 1

Monday, December 14, 2015

With the high price of heating our homes in the winter months, many people look to alternative sources for heat. These can be very dangerous unless you take the proper safety precautions. Dr. Edward Hill discusses heater safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

Kerosene heaters should not be used in a room where there are flammable solvents such as aerosol sprays, lacquers, gasoline, kerosene containers or any type of oil.

Heaters should have safety cages to keep small children and pets from being burned. Kerosene heaters should be turned off before you go to sleep because they produce deadly carbon monoxide gas. You should have adequate ventilation to other rooms, and a source of fresh, outside air. Allow your heater to cool before refueling and only refuel outdoors using the proper fuel for your unit.

Electric heaters should have a tip-over switch that shuts it off automatically if it turns over. Keep space heaters at least three feet from draperies, blankets, sofas and other combustibles. Electric heaters with frayed or damaged cords should never be used, and avoid using extension cords.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.