Fire Safety Measures
Potential Fire Hazards continued...
- Learn local and state codes and regulations about the use of kerosene heaters. These heaters are illegal for home use in some areas.
- Use kerosene only. Never use gasoline in your heater. Gasoline is highly volatile, greatly increasing the risk of fire. Refill kerosene heaters outside after they have cooled down.
- If a flare-up occurs, activate the manual shut-off switch and call your fire department.
- Place the heater at least three feet away from anything that can burn and in a low traffic area so it will not be knocked over or trap you in the event of a fire.
- Keep the room ventilated (a door open, or a window ajar) to prevent an indoor air pollution problem.
Gas-Fired Space Heaters
These heaters should not be used in small, enclosed areas -- especially bedrooms -- because there is potential for explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for lighting the pilot. Otherwise, gas vapors can accumulate and ignite, burning your hand or face.
- Light a match to ignite the pilot before you turn on the gas; it will prevent gas buildup. Keep flammable materials away from gas-fired appliances.
- Do not use a propane heater (LP) with a gas cylinder.
- Use proper fuses in electrical boxes, do not overload outlets, and use insulated and grounded electrical cords.
- Keep trash cleaned up in attics, basements, and garages.
- Be careful with gas equipment such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, and chain saws.
- Avoid fireworks. Think of safety first when dealing with fireworks.