National Fire Protection Association and
Cleveland County Emergency Management/Fire Marshal's Office Information:
Heating equipment is the second leading cause
of home fires in the United States). Most heating equipment fires start as a
result of misuse or improper maintenance.
a 36" clearance around all heating devices.
leave children or pets unsupervised around portable heaters.
place clothes close to or on a portable heater to dry.
check to see that electrical wires are in good condition and not frayed.
portable heaters that have been listed by a nationally recognized testing
manufacturer's instructions for installation, maintenance and use.
Portable Kerosene Heaters
only the recommended fuel. NEVER USE GASOLINE, it will cause an explosion.
turn the portable heater off before refueling.
the heater time to cool before refueling.
refuel your kerosene heater outside to keep from spilling fuel in the house.
your gasoline away from open flame or heat in an approved container that is
clearly marked as to its contents.
anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heater
your chimney/flue inspected by a professional before every heating season,
cleaned if necessary.
have a sturdy screen in place in front of your fireplace
only wood (dry, well seasoned hardwood)
NOT burn newspaper, wrapping paper, or dried greenery.
use flammable liquids for any reason in a fireplace.
anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from fireplace.