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Five Tips to Prevent Home Heating Fires

Five Tips to Prevent Home Heating Fires

When it’s time to turn up the heat in your home this winter to battle the icy cold, follow these simple tips to prevent the chance of fire:

  • Hire a professional to inspect and clean your furnace. Maintaining your furnace and ensuring that it’s operating properly and efficiently will save you money and keep you free from worry.
  • Open your windows when you first turn on your furnace. Choose a warm day to let your furnace burn off the dust and dirt that have collected on its heating element. A residual odor is not harmful, but if the furnace rumbles or produces black smoke, call 911 and evacuate the premises.
  • Clean your chimney. Before you cozy up to the fireplace, open the flue and check for obstructions that can cause a buildup of harmful carbon monoxide. Hire a chimney sweep to inspect for creosote, a substance that gradually builds up as wood burns and can ignite in the chimney flue.
  • Use electric heaters sparingly. Don’t let a space heater run for hours on end. Turn it off at night or when you vacate a room. Move bedding, clothing and other flammable items at least three feet away from the heater. And never leave children and pets unattended near a space heater.
  • Handle propane-powered equipment carefully. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, store cylinders outside and call 911 if you smell a strong odor of gas.

For more information on home fire safety, go to BeFireSmart.com.

As a Frostburg alum, you are eligible for a discount on your auto, homeowners and renters insurance through the convenience of electronic fund transfer or direct billing at home with Liberty Mutual. For more information about this program, call 800.524.9400 or visit www.libertymutual.com/Frostburg. Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. Consult a Liberty Mutual sales representative for additional information.

Reprinted with permission from Liberty Mutual (Copyright 2013 Liberty Mutual Group). All rights reserved. Coverage provided and underwritten by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley St., Boston, Mass.

 

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