Home Heating Safety Tips

By: Jeff Allen
By: Jeff Allen

It's that time of year when we often have to crank up the heat to stay warm but if you're not careful, you could start a fire.
Fire officials say if you're using space heaters, you need to keep them at least three feet away from furniture, drapes, and other objects.
And do not use them in bathrooms or near water.
They say you should also be careful when re-fueling kerosene heaters to avoid an explosion.
"Always turn it off," says Ron Temple of the Middlesboro Fire Department. "Let it cool before you fuel it and do it outside so if something happens you don't have to worry about your home."
Fire officials say no matter what you use to heat your home you should have at least one working smoke detector on each floor in case something happens.

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