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Be Safe When Using Alternate Heating Sources
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From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fall and winter are upon us. The cooler temperatures cause many of us to seek out alternative sources to heat our home and keep warm. Alternate heating sources are a major contributing factor in residential fires. The following safety tips will help you keep a safe home.

·        Keep at least three feet of clearance between your heat source and anything combustible.

·        Do not keep or store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source.

·        Never leave a heater on when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep, and never leave children or pets unattended near heating sources.

·        If you use an electric heater, be careful not to overload the electrical circuit.

·        Avoid using electrical heaters in bathrooms as they may come in contact with water.

·        Only use heaters that have been tested to the latest safety standards and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). These heaters will have the most up-to-date safety features, such as automatic shut-offs. It is important to install and use heaters according to manufacturer’s recommendations. 

·        Do not use a range or oven as an alternate heating source. This is a safety hazard and may be a source of toxic fumes.

·        Do not use fuel burning appliances without the proper room ventilation.

·        Never fill a kerosene heater while it is in operation or hot. Avoid overfilling.

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