Arctic blast causing you to need a heating boost? Here are some tips to keep your home safer.

Published 1:02 am Tuesday, January 16, 2024

With below zero real-feel temps in some parts of Mississippi, a lot of folks are trying to give their heating systems a boost.

When it comes to high-wattage heaters or open flames, things could become deadly quickly without taking the right precautions.

The Tunica Police Department offered the following tips to stay safe:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment. Flammable items include upholstered furniture, Christmas trees, bedding, clothing, curtains, insulation, cardboard, and paper.
  • Never use an extension cord with a space heater.
  • Turn heaters off and unplug them when no one is in the room.
  • Ensure children and pets stay 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have chimneys and heating equipment cleaned and inspected by a professional once a year.
  • Have stationary heaters, water heaters, and central heating equipment installed by qualified professionals.
  • Always use the fuel specified by the manufacturer for fuel-fired heaters.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying into the room. Allow ashes to cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance from the house.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

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