Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February, and even though it’s only October, cold temperatures outside mean Seattle residents are turning on heaters at home. As the cold weather begins, please keep in mind that while baseboard heaters are very efficient, they can be a serious fire hazard if used carelessly. Common sense can prevent a baseboard heater fire. Any time a flammable object comes in contact with a heater, a fire could result.
Home Heating Safety Tips
- Keep items away from all heaters, including baseboard heaters.
- All furniture, curtains, or any other items should be kept at least 12 inches away from baseboard heaters.
- Never block the flow of heat.
- Have your heating systems and chimneys inspected, cleaned and repaired prior to the heating season.
Make certain smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Test your smoke alarms monthly. You should change the batteries at least once a year unless you use long life lithium batteries which last up to ten years.
For more fires safety information visit: http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/brochures/brochures.htm