As the temperature outside drops, families go indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires. The Burbank Fire Department recommends some simple home heating safety tips.
- Do not use any fuel burning portable heaters (e.g. propane) inside your home, garage, business, enclosed space, RV camper or automobile.
- Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
- Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
- Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
- Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and other locations as required by law.
For more information, please refer to the Heating Safety flyer.