Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Orlando Fire department would like to keep you safe as the temperatures dip.
- Do NOT leave any heating unit unattended.
- Keep anything (furniture, fabric, toys, etc) that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.
- Do not store combustible materials in the same room as heating sources.
- Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you are a City of Orlando resident and are in need of a smoke alarm, click here to request your free smoke alarm.
- Never use stove-top burners or an oven to heat your home. Doing so puts you and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, burns from hot surfaces and fires.
- Follow the manufacturer directions for the correct operation, including the fuel or energy source to use and any ventilation requirements.
- Maintain a three-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters.
- Turn space heaters off when leaving the room, the home or going to bed.
- Do not hang clothes to dry on or near the heater.
- Follow the manufacturer directions for the correct operation, including a preventive maintenance schedule.
- Clean vents and change filters regularly to avoid lint and dust build-up.
- Have a qualified professional inspect your fireplace and chimney each year.
- 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 metal container a safe distance from your home.
- Do not let a fireplace burn overnight.
Home Safety Checklist
- All bedrooms have two ways out – door and window
- Home has smoke alarms inside and outside every bedroom and each floor
- All smoke alarms are working with new batteries
- Family has a fire escape plan and practices twice a year
- Special needs occupants have assistance to escape
- House number is visible on street to emergency responders
- Windows for escape are not blocked by furniture, security bars/wood, or painted shut
- Security bars have a quick release
- Home has a carbon monoxide detector
- Lighters, matches, gas and flammables are stored and secure
- The home is not cluttered with clothes, papers, and other items that burn quickly
- Small appliances are unplugged when not in use
- No appliances or candles are left unattended
- Heating appliances are at least three feet from combustible material
- Clothes dryer lint filter and vent pipe are clean
- Electrical switches are in good condition and have AFCIs installed
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