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Kerosene Heater Safety

Thursday December 19, 2019

According to the National Fire Protection Association, supplemental heating equipment, such as a kerosene heater, is the leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, supplemental heating equipment, such as a kerosene heater, is the leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February. Home heating equipment trails only cooking equipment as the leading cause of home fires year-round. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers the following kerosene heater safety tips:

“If you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated,” says Jim Cook, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at the tri-county health department. “Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year.” All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside. Each winter season have your furnace system and vent checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.