Burr! Stay warm this week with 10 heat safety tips

Looks like the hats and gloves will be staying on this week, along with an extra layer of long johns! The National Weather Service out of Riverton predicts highs in the lower 20s this week and lows to drop to around 4 degrees. ​ To help you stay warm this week Casper Fire/EMS Public Information Officer Justin Smith shared ten heating safety tips with us from the National Fire Protection Association: 1. Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. 2. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. 3. Never use your oven to heat your home. 4. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions. 5. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. 6. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 7. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. 8. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. 9. Test smoke alarms monthly. 10. Remember: Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Be sure to be safe and stay warm to ring in the New Year! Feature Photo: Rose Fry/Pitchengine Communities #oilcity #news #headsup