In winter, heating equipment is the biggest fire culprit. Proper installation, maintenance, fueling and operation of heating equipment, including portable and space heaters, greatly reduces risk. Common mistakes that can turn deadly:
- Failing to clean chimneys
- Placing space heaters too close to furniture, bedding or clothing
- Improper fueling and venting of fueled heating devices
Carbon monoxide (CO) is called the invisible killer because it is colorless and odorless. Heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel and vehicles or generators running in a garage can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Install CO alarms because the life you save may be your own!