Tips for home safety in winter’s cold weather

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 - 2:00 pm

In winter, heating and lighting usage in the home can be taken for granted. Here are a few safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Have your heating system, water heater and any other fuel-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.

Keep portable heaters, smoking materials and candles away from bedding, curtains or other combustibles.

Wood stoves or fireplaces should be installed according to existing building codes and manufacturer's instructions.

Check the chimney and stovepipe frequently during the heating season for creosote buildup and clean when necessary.

Use only proper fuel in the stove or fireplace.

Keep combustibles such as curtains, chairs, firewood, etc., at least 3 feet away from any stove.

Use a metal container with a tight-fitting lid for ash removal.

Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.

Operate a portable electric heater at least 3 feet away from upholstered furniture, drapes, bedding and other combustible materials. It should only be set on the floor.

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