Dan Doofus gets it all wrong in the "Hot Flashes" cartoon about heating safety. Space heaters are a popular appliance to provide additional heating at home, but can cause a significant fire hazard when placed too close to flammable materials. Chimneys and heating systems should be inspected and cleaned each year before they are fired up for the season.
Heating is the second leading cause of US home fires and home fire injuries and the third leading cause of home fire deaths.
Know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm.
Have emergency supplies ready at home, in your car, and at work.
Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
Use safe heating devices.
If using a heating source other than central heat, have a carbon monoxide alarm in place.
Links to Winter Weather tips and information:
Ready.gov is a great source of information regarding winter weather preparedness and tips, along with all other weather readiness.
NFPA is another great source of information pertaining to winter weather preparedness.