With severe cold temperatures anticipated during the next several nights, Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department urges residents and others in the area to remember some very basic home heating safety tips.
- Make sure your home heating system is serviced and working properly.
- Have working smoke detectors in every sleeping area of the home or apartment.
- Have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home or apartment especially if you have gas appliances, liquid fueled heaters or a fire place.
- Don't burn paper in your fireplace and make sure that an adequately sized fire place screen is used.
- Don't leave fireplaces unattended.
- Do not use your oven to heat your home.
- Keep all space heaters at least 3 feet away from household combustibles (curtains, bedspreads, clothing, etc.).
- Use space heaters only as a supplementary source of heat. These devices are not intended to replace a home's heating system.
- Do not use extension cords with space heaters.
- Inspect the space heater's cord periodically to look for frayed wire or damaged insulation. Do not use a space heater with a damaged cord.
- Check periodically for a secure plug/outlet fit. If the plug becomes very hot, the outlet may need to be replaced by a qualified technician. This could be the sign of a potential home wiring issue.
- Heaters should be placed on a flat, level surface. Do not place heaters on furniture since they may fall and become damaged or break parts in the heater.
- Unless the heater is designed for use outdoors or in bathrooms, do not use in damp, wet areas.
- Look for the UL Mark on your electric heater. This means representative samples of the appliance have met UL's stringent safety standards.
- If you have a liquid-fueled space heater, use only the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. The wrong fuel could burn hotter than the equipment was designed for and cause a serious fire.
- When refueling, turn off the heater and let it cool down completely before adding fuel. Wipe away any spills promptly.
If you have questions or need further assistance call Administration Chief Scott Gaenicke, Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department, 383-5708.