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Heating Your Home Safely

Did you know? Home fires occur more in the winter months than any other time of the year. Follow these general heating tips to help prevent winter fires and to stay safe this winter season:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters or candles.

  • Never use an oven to heat your home.

  • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected each year by a professional.


Space Heater

  • Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing and curtains, at least 3 feet away from the heater.

  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.

  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

  • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

  • Check your space heater for cracked or damaged cords and plugs. Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets, don’t use an extension cord or power strip.

  • Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.


Fireplace

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out.

  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.

  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.

  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your home.


Wood Stove

  • Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn.

  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove.

  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.

  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.


Furnace

  • Have your furnace inspected each year.

  • Keep anything that can burn away from the furnace.


Kerosene Heater

  • Only use kerosene heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.

  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.

  • Refuel your cooled heater outside.


For more information and free resources, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach


Southern Marin Fire District & Mill Valley Fire Department:

For future questions/information (non emergency) see SMFD web site: www.smfd.org

 

SMFD Non-Emergency Line Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm PST call: 415-388-8182 

For all emergencies call: 9-1-1


Evacuation Preparedness Resources 

- Register to receive evacuation notices and fire information.

- Review evacuation maps and checklists.

- Assemble a "Grab and Go" bag for yourself, your family, and your pets.

- Check out additional resources.