Safety Tips

Heaters and Generators

A back up heating source can be a wonderful solution to keeping warm in winter. There are drawbacks, however. There can be danger involved so it is imperative that you learn how to operate it safely before an emergency occurs and always keep you fire extinguisher handy. The tips that follow are only reminders. Be sure that you follow manufacturers' directions exactly so you can enjoy the benefits without the hazards.

Fireplaces
ever use a fireplace without a screen, be sure your chimney is free of the flammable creosote that builds up from wood smoke, handle ashes carefully, and never allow children to play unattended near the fireplace or any other heating source.

Wood /Coal Stoves
More efficient than fireplaces but they must be properly installed and connected to a suitable chimney or flue. Check local building and fire regulations for installation requirements.

Fuel Burning Heaters
Use fuel-burning heaters only as directed and only in areas with proper ventilation. Suffocation can occur when fuel-burning heaters are used improperly or in poor ventilated areas.

Portable Generators
Locate portable generators in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside your home. Gasoline powered generators can produce carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. Plug appliances directly into generator. Use extension cords if necessary, but do not exceed the recommended wattage noted on the generator. Never connect the generator to your home's main wiring circuit. Disconnect your home from the power system before hooking up a generator. Failure to do so can cause electricity to flow backwards into the power lines, endangering neighbors and the lineman who are working to restore power. If in doubt, contact a licensed electrician or your local electric company.