10/5/2012 4:53 PM
by Heidi Moore
It may be hard to believe, but the cold season is approaching fast. With temperatures forecasted to drop near thirty degrees this weekend, residents must begin to prepare their homes for the chill.
It is important to keep your home warm as winter approaches, however it must be done safely. Beckley Fire Chief Billie Trump says that basic maintenance on chimneys and vents will help ensure safety. Residents should open vents and flues and make sure they are clear of debris in order to minimize carbon monoxide poisoning as well as clean out chimneys to avoid fires.
"You may go and leave the home or go to bed or something and you think you have your fire in your fireplace under control or your wood burning stove under control, yet in the chimney theres a roaring fire going on that you don't know about." Trump said.
It is also important to follow manufacture labels on space heaters and plug them into an outlet instead of using an extension cord. You should also leave at least 18 inches of space around the heater itself.