A fireplace with fire. Fireplaces are used for home heating.

Winter is almost here, and with it comes plenty of cold weather. Your home’s heater will be crucial for keeping you and your family warm through the holidays and beyond. At The Safety Group, we know that safety is important in everything, including using your heating at home. While we mainly specialize in construction safety consulting and construction safety tips, we do know a thing or two about fire hazards and fire safety. Half of home heating fires are reported in December, January, and February, stressing the importance of safe heater use [1]. Here are tips from our fire safety experts for safely heating your home.

How to Safely Heat Your Home

When it’s time to crank up your home’s heater, make sure to do so with heater safety plans in mind. Heater safety is part of home fire safety, working to prevent a fire through preventative measures. Here are some home heating safety tips from our construction safety consulting experts:

  • Give it room. Make sure to keep a three-foot clearance around all heating equipment. You should make sure there is nothing flammable within three feet of your heater, fireplace, furnace, wood stove, or space heater. Also keep kids and pets away.
  • Inspect all equipment. Make sure that your heating equipment is in working order before turning it on. This may require expert inspections, but it is worth the effort to prevent a fire.
  • Follow manufacturer recommendations. Are you using the right fuel for your heater? If not, you’re not using heat safely. Make sure to use the proper fuel for the heating equipment.
  • Think ahead. Air ducts, spare gas cannisters in the garage, and other household items can become an ignition hazard. Make sure to keep these away from the same room as your heating equipment to prevent any dangerous situations.

Heating is crucial during the winter, but it can also be dangerous. Make sure to follow all fire safety and heater safety tips for a warm, healthy, and safe winter.