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Published on Monday, October 15, 2018

Warm your home without setting it on fire

CONTACT: Woody Woodward, 210.207.8492


SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 15, 2018) – Temperatures are falling and home heaters will be coming on once again. Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths.


SAFD reminds you that with a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Install and maintain CO (carbon monoxide) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-safe zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

Categories: City News, SAPD News