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November 21, 2017

Red Cross Offers Home Heating Safety Tips

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With winter fast approaching and colder weather settling in for some parts of the northern United States, may people begin using space heaters, fireplaces, and coal or wood stoves to warm Noting that heating a home is one of the leading causes of home fires, the American Red Cross posted tips on Nov. 14 to help people heat their homes safely.

Almost half of the families in the United States use an alternate heating source, according to ARC, although the supplemental heating sources can be dangerous if not used properly. Its safety tips are these:

1. Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.

2. Keep all potential sources of fuel, such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains, or rugs at least 3 feet from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.

3. Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended.

4. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.

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