Saturday, December 6, 2008

Safety tips for home heaters

Wood Stoves and FireplacesWood stoves should have adequate clearance (36'') from combustible surfaces, and proper floor support and protection.
Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.
Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.
Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening, to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted material from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants.
Don't use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.
Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out. Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.

Furnace HeatingBe sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition.
Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists. Do not attempt repairs yourself unless you are qualified.
Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe insulation or clearance may be required.
Keep trash and other combustibles away form the heating system.

Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.
Never use a range or an oven as a supplementary heating device. Not only is it a safety hazard, it can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.
If you use an electric heater, do not overload the circuit. Only use extension cords that have the necessary rating to carry the amp load.
Avoid using electric space haters in bathrooms, or other areas where they may come in contact with water.
Be sure every level of your home has a WORKING SMOKE DETECTOR, and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Before a Fire

Compile and document your valuables that could be lost in a home fire.

Include the following:

Photographs and descriptions of antiques and jewelry.

Replacement costs of items.

Dates of purchase.

Keep these documents in a safe location. Like a Safety deposit box or invest in a home vault that is fire safe.

Insurance policies

Title to deeds

Medical records


Income tax records

Birth certificates

Bank books

A list of credit cards

Ladder Safety

Level your ladder on solid ground.
Avoid wearing mittens.
Don thin gloves to get a better grip.
Don't overreach.
Electrical work is safer if you use a fiberglass ladder.
Remember, that it is not safe to drink while decorating when climbing is involved.
Safety begins with a sturdy, well-placed ladder

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