Heating Equipment Safety Checklist

Space heaters should be labeled by a recognized testing lab (UL, etc.). They should have at least 3 feet of clearance from any combustibles and should never be left on while sleeping

Gas heaters are usually unvented, and because they release hazardous carbon monoxide and can deplete oxygen, should never be used in sleeping rooms. When lighting a gas heater, strike the match and hold it to the burner before turning on the gas to avoid flame-ups or explosions.

Portable electric heaters should be plugged directly into a wall socket; never into an extension cord. If an extension cord must be used, it should be constructed of 12-14 gage wire and placed, uncovered, on the floor. Never leave these heaters plugged in while sleeping.

Wood stoves should sit on a non-combustible floor protector which extends 18 inches in all directions from the stove’s sides, and be 3 feet away from any combustibles. The stove and stovepipes should be checked for leaks and cleaned of creosote by a certified chimney sweep before and during each usage period.

Kerosene heaters should never be used indoors.A certified professional should check central heating furnaces annually. Filters should be changed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

A certified professional should check central heating furnaces annually. Filters should be changed in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

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