The Baton Rouge Fire Department offered a list of safety tips to keep in mind ahead of weather changes and a temperature drop expected to affect the Baton Rouge area Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.
The following is a list of safety tips to help prevent heating equipment fires:
- When selecting heating equipment, choose equipment that bears the mark of an independent testing facility and meets local fire and building codes.
- Place all heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including furniture, bedding, clothing, pets and people.
- Never leave space heaters operating in a room unattended or when occupants are asleep. Do not leave small children or pets unsupervised in a room with a space heater.
- Before using electric heaters, always check for fraying or splitting wires. Never use extension cords, as they can easily overheat.
- Have chimneys professionally inspected and cleaned if recommended. Use a sturdy protective screen. Burn only wood, and never burn paper, pine boughs or flammable liquids.
- For wood stoves, follow manufacturers’ suggested installation recommendations and have chimney connections and flues inspected before use each season. Also, protect the floor from heat and hot coals.
- Never use your oven or stove burners to heat your home.
For more information, contact BRFD’s Public Information Office at (225) 354-1410.