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February 6, 2007
Toronto Fire Services’ safety tips for heating equipment
  
Toronto Fire Services reminds all Toronto residents that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires each year.

• Only purchase and use electric space heaters that have been certified by a regulatory body such as the Canadian Standards Association (C.S.A.) or Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL, U.C.).
• Keep and maintain a 1 meter (36 inches) clearance between all heating equipment and anything that can burn.
• Never use space heaters to dry items that can burn such as clothing or blankets.
• Never leave space heaters unattended and turn them off every time you leave the room or go to bed.
• Always supervise children and pets around heating equipment.
• Have heating equipment such as furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, chimney connectors and all other fuel-fired heating equipment inspected annually by a professional, and cleaned as often as inspections suggest.
• For fireplaces and wood stoves, use only wood that is properly seasoned to reduce creosote build-up.
• Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
• Allow fireplace and wood stove ashes to cool before disposing in a metal container.
• Do not use your oven to heat your home.
• If your power is out, use flashlights. Avoid using candles.
• Test smoke alarms monthly and install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.

For more information on fire prevention, visit our website at http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Peter Derrington, Captain, Public Education Section, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9418


 

 

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