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Fire Safety

  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the home.
     
  • Keep 3’/ 36”/ 1 meter between heating equipment and anything that can burn - or in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
     
  • Never leave portable space heaters and candles unattended - turn off heaters before going to bed.
     
  • Clean chimneys and vent pipes annually – put ashes in a metal container.
     
  • Unvented heaters should have a carbon monoxide alarm in the same room.
     
  • Never use lighter fluid, kerosene, diesel fuel, or gasoline to start a fire.
     
  • Store gasoline and heating fuels in proper containers outside the home.
     
  • Always use the proper grade and type of fuel for heating equipment.
     
  • Plan and practice escape plans several times a year. 
     
  • Install heating equipment in accordance with codes and manufacturer’s instructions. It’s best to have a professional install the equipment.