Lower Merion Township, PA - The Lower Merion Fire Department in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association have issued the following information that all citizens should know about home fires. Today is the fourth day of National Fire Prevention Week.
Heating safety tips
Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
- 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.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
The LMFD serves Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough and is comprised of the following seven volunteer fire companies:
- Belmont Hills Fire Company
- Bryn Mawr Fire Company
- Gladwyne Fire Company
- Narberth Volunteer Fire Company
- Merion Fire Company of Ardmore
- Penn Wynne/Overbrook Hills Fire Company
- Union Fire Association of Lower Merion
Should you need additional information or are considering volunteering go to the LMFD Answer the call website
To learn more about the National Fire Protection Association and Fire Prevention Week go to the official website www.nfpa.org/fpw.
The TAPInto team will be sharing information daily with its readers about the LMFD and Fire Prevention Week. Check back often for updates.