Posted on: January 5, 2017
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Houston TX, Local News, TX
It’s that time of year again. The temperature drops for a few days and we’re reaching for our sweaters. Most of us can keep toasty warm, but there are some areas of the house that seem to stay cold, especially in older homes. Older homes have shifted with weather changes and slab floors have cracked, which leads to drafts and cold spots. Since we don’t use our heating system all that much in Houston, we’re tempted to use space heaters and fireplaces to even out the temperature differences. If we do use them, we need to know how to use them safely. The Red Cross has some safety tips for us.
Heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires.
Home fires are the single most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to across the country and heating fires are the second leading cause of these home fires.
With nearly half of American families using alternative heating sources such as space heaters, fireplaces, or wood/coal stoves to stay warm and an ice storm wreaking havoc throughout the Southeast, it is important to review home heating safety tips.
First, make sure you have a working smoke alarm which reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
In case the power goes out during the ice storm and you need alternative sources of heat, or plan to use candles, follow the below safety tips.
Visit www.redcross.org/homefires for more information on how to prevent fires.
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