Heating equipment fire safety
With the drop in temperatures, many South Mississippians will be cranking up their space heaters and lighting fire places to keep warm.
With heating equipment being one of the leading causes of home fire death, it is important to practice fire safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. NFPA also reports heating equipment and chimneys should be cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt tells News 25 some simple steps you can take to prevent heating related fires. “Try to keep a little bit of a barrier around that space heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on there. If you’re using a kerosene heater, make sure you use kerosene. It seems like every couple years someone will accidentally put gasoline inside one of those and it’ll explode when you light it. So, be very careful with those.”
Chief Beyerstedt says that as soon as a fire breaks out you must immediately call 911 and step outside your home. He says every minute counts and the faster you get that call in the less damage your home will suffer.