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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Portable Fireplaces: Tips for Staying Cozy and Safe #AltusOK

Portable fuel-burning fireplaces have become a popular way for people to heat their homes during winter months. However, if not used properly, these devices can be dangerous and pose a serious fire hazard.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February. Learn how to “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires.” Before you snuggle up to a portable fireplace, keep these NFPA safety tips in mind:
  • Make sure the fireplace has an Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL) listing. This ensures the product has been tested for safety;
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely; 
  • Keep the area where you're using the fireplace well ventilated;
  • Do not use the fireplace in sleeping areas; and
  • Light the fireplace using a utility lighter or long match.

As with all heating equipment, space is important! Create a “safe zone” around the device by keeping children, pets, and anything that can burn at least three feet away.
To find out more information and protection tips on portable fireplaces, go to the NFPA website. 

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