Members of the public are looking for ways to stay warm as winter temperatures settle in.
The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (PWCDFR) has a few heating safety recommendations that can help prevent fires.
Wood burning stoves should be installed based on directions provided by the manufacturer, according to a release.
Those living in a home with a fireplace or stove should clean the space and keep them clear of objects that can catch on fire.
The department recommends that citizens use seasoned wood to heat their homes and that fires not be left unattended.
Individuals removing ashes from a fireplace are advised to wear leather gloves and place the ashes in a metal container.
Owners of Kerosene heaters are encouraged to add fuel to the equipment outside and not use them in an enclosed space.
Electric space heaters users should make sure that the heaters turn off if tipped over and that they’re not left unattended.
More information about heating safety is available on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) website.
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