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Published on Monday, January 15, 2018

Arctic Front is pushing into SAT-Winter Heating Safety Reminder

Contact: Woody Woodward:  SAFD Public Relations Manager  210-882-7713

               Joe Arrington : PIO 210-355-8504

  • Never use a stove to heat a home
  • Space Heaters Dust and lint may have accumulated in the space heater. Be sure to clean them thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner. Caution children not to stand too close to a space heater to warm up, as their clothing could catch fire. Give space heaters their space!  Be sure that all combustible material is away from the heater, at least 3' in all directions. Plug only1 heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Floor Furnaces Floor furnaces are safest when they are equipped with a thermostat and automatic shut off device. Clean the floor furnace by removing the grate and using a vacuum to remove dust and lint from inside the unit.
  • Central Heaters Clean or replace the furnace filter. Clean the entire furnace to remove dust and lint. Be sure to remove any combustible material stored in the heater closet.
  • Fireplaces Inspect the fireplace and chimney at least once a year. Look for cracks in the firebox, flue, and chimney. Also, check for the build-up of soot inside the flue. Open the damper enough to allow the smoke and gases to escape up the chimney. Never start a fire with gasoline, kerosene, or any other flammable liquid.Always keep a good-quality metal fireplace screen in front of the fireplace whenever it is being used to prevent burning logs from rolling out or embers from flying out.
  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way.  Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter. Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets. 

If you need assistance, call 211 24 hrs a day.  If you have an emergency, please call 911.

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