Around the Home Safety
Exercise fire safety both inside and outside of your home by following these tips:
- Keep space heaters and wood stoves at least three feet (one meter) away from anything that can burn. Always turn space heaters off when you go to bed or leave the home. Never leave children alone near a working fireplace, woodstove, or space heater. Refuel kerosene heaters only with kerosene, outside, and after the heater has cooled.
- If you store gasoline, keep it outside your home in a shed or detached garage.
- Keep only small quantities in tightly sealed, certified containers. Use gasoline only as a motor fuel, never as a cleaning agent.
- Always store paint and other flammable liquids in their original, labeled containers with tight-fitting lids. Use and store flammable liquids far away from appliances, heaters, pilot lights, and other sources of heat or flame. Never smoke near flammable liquids.
- Have your furnace checked by a professional once a year.
- Remove trash from your home. Don't store anything near a furnace or heater.
- Use outdoor cooking grills with caution. Never use gasoline to start the fire, and don't add charcoal lighter fluid once the fire has started. You can use dry kindling to revive the flame.
- Use cooking grills outside only, not on porches or balconies, and away from vegetation and combustibles.
- Before starting your lawnmower, snowblower, or motorcycle, move away from gasoline fumes. Let small motors cool before you refuel them.
- Never store propane cylinders indoors.