Heating can be a fire hazard; heat carefully this winter! | Health

Williamsport, Pennsylvania – Your home’s heating systems work twice as long to keep you warm when the temperature drops, according to the Williamsport Bureau of Fire. Given that heating is the second leading cause of house fires, heating safety is a concern this winter – not just finances.

Follow the suggestions from the Williamsport Bureau of Fire to keep your home warm and safe.

“The biggest mistake is putting something too close to a heat source,” said deputy chief Mark Calderini. Keep anything that can be on fire away from space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves, and radiators. Remember that your skin is on fire too. Make sure people and pets stay three feet away. “

The Bureau recommends portable heaters that have been listed by a testing laboratory (look for the lab label). These heaters should have an automatic switch-off so that they switch off automatically if they tip over. Plug portable electric heaters directly into the wall socket; Do not use an extension cord or power strip. Kerosene heaters must be refueled outdoors.

Make sure bedding, throws, and clothing are at least 3 feet away from space heaters.

“The evening (5-8pm) is the peak time for house heating fires,” said Calderini. “Turn off the space heaters when you leave the room or fall asleep.”

“Older adults are at increased risk from house fires,” said Calderini. “Older adults have a higher death rate in house fires, and heating is the second leading cause of fire death for people 65 and older.”

When caring for an older adult, allow for this increased risk. Talk to older adults to make sure they understand their risk of burns and fire.

Plan emergencies. Older adults may move more slowly or have difficulty hearing a smoke alarm due to hearing loss. Create a home escape plan around their skills.

Keep your phone, hearing aids and glasses next to the bed. If someone in your care is using a walking stick or wheelchair, it is up to you how to get them out in an emergency.

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