Make sure your space heaters have an emergency shut off in case they tip over. ONLY use the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Never refill a space heater while it is operating or still hot. Refuel outside, away from the house.Heating Safety Tip Brochure
Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, away from
combustible surfaces, have the proper floor support and
adequate ventilation. Never use flammable liquids (such
as gasoline) to start or accelerate fire.
Have your furnace and chimney professionally inspected annually and cleaned if necessary. Chimney tar build-up is a common cause of chimney fires.
Use a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from igniting nearby carpets or furniture.
Never thaw frozen pipes with a blow torch or other open flame. Use hot water or a UL listed device such as a hand held dryer.Download an informational flyer from Berks Fire & Water
Dispose of hot ashes in metal containers placed away from
Don't use the oven to heat your home. In addition
to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of Carbon Monoxide fumes.
If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow for easy access.