Safe Family: Heating your home safely

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

With winter and cold temperatures now here, it’s time to turn up the heat. In today's Safe Family report, we have some simple tips to prevent home heating fire hazards.

As we've seen this week, house fires are a terrible reality. In most cases, fire officials say they could have been prevented.

According to the consumer product safety commission, portable space heaters are a major cause of death when it comes to home heating related fires. Experts say to place the heaters at least three feet away from anything that could catch fire and never leave them alone unattended.

"Portable heaters, gas heaters, even poorly maintained heating systems all can be dangerous parts of a home," says Howard Frumkin, CDC / National Center for Environmental Health.

Experts also recommend you have your chimney inspected by a professional before the beginning of every heating season.

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  • by friend of meaganfrom Shian Location: Ringling,ok on Jan 8, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    She My cousin, and its very sad 2 hear that, And ya'll stop sending bad comments and leave Nikki and Her family alone.. Please LOVE FAMILY AND FRIENDS .. AND LOVE U 4EVER MEGAN AND KALEE... GOD BLESS U
  • by Red Location: Sherman on Jan 7, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    I just use a burn barrel in the middle of my living room, it heats my trailer nicely.
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