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Heating is the second leading cause of home fires according to the United States Fire Administration. Home heating started an early fall fire in Olathe that caused six-digit damage, but thankfully no one was hurt – a fireplace ember ignited the home’s roof.
Many home heating fire deaths and injuries are preventable. As cold weather blankets the metro, follow a few tips to keep your family safer when heating:
If burning wood in a fireplace or wood burning stove, chimneys or flues should be cleaned frequently by an expert to avoid a build-up of creosote.
• Burn only well-seasoned, dry wood in your fireplace or wood burning stove.
• Dispose of fireplace ashes properly - never put ashes in or near something that could burn, like plastic garbage bags, cardboard boxes, etc.
• SPACE HEATERS NEED SPACE! Keep them away from curtains, blankets, clothes and other items that could catch on fire. Unplug the heater when finished, leaving home or before sleeping.
• Have furnaces checked regularly by an expert.
• Keep all materials, like newspapers, boxes, rags, etc., at least three feet from any heating appliance (fireplace, wood burning stove, furnace, water heater, etc.).
• Always keep children and pets away from fireplaces, wood burning stoves, space heaters, furnaces and water heaters.