Be Cautious

During months with frigid temperatures be cautious when using alternative heat sources to warm your home.

  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning by installing a carbon monoxide detector.
  • Never use generators, grills, camp stoves or other gasoline or charcoal-burning devices inside your home or garage. They produce carbon monoxide.
  • Never heat a home with an oven if the electricity goes out.
  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented.
  • Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding and never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergency.