As cooler weather arrives, Portland Fire & Rescue urges Portlanders to use heating appliances wisely and in addition, have fireplaces, woodstoves, and other heating equipment inspected for safety.
From 2006 through 2010, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office reported that there were 2,169 home heating-related fires resulting in nine deaths, 77 injuries, and more than $37 million in property loss.
PF&R Public Information Officer Paul Corah encourages citizens to take a few minutes now to prepare your home for the winter season. “Start with having your chimney or wood stove professionally inspected, properly maintain your furnace and, if you have to use a space heater for supplemental heat, make sure it is placed three feet from anything that could catch fire. Never leave candles burning unattended.” Corah notes, "These are simple steps we can all take to make it through the winter months safely."
For more safety tips on heating your home, visit: http://www.portlandonline.com/fire/index.cfm?c=53961&a=325986.
For tips on how to use portable heaters responsibly, visit:
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