DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - This is a little early for a cold snap, but with temperaturespossibly dropping into the upper 30s later this week plenty ofpeople will turn on the heat. The problem? If you don't take properprecautions firefighters say the results could be deadly.
Doug Hatcher is a Fire inspector for the Moraine Fire Departmentand sees fires break out every fall do to poor maintenance.
"The cold weather sorta snuck up on us a little early this year.But you want to make sure you get your furnace checked by acertified technician and make sure the filters are changed on aregular basis to avoid build up."
With the chilly mornings almost here time isn't on your side,however if you must turn on the heat make sure to check the ventsfor any kind of blockage. Nests can sometimes clog chimneys andvents leading to lethal levels of carbon dioxide building up insidethe home.
"When you turn that furnace on for the first time you may get anodor of something burning. Just be aware of that and if itcontinues and doesn't go away you may want to call to have someonecome out and check it."
If you are using other sources of heat such as kerosene or spaceheaters, their are a few other items to consider.
"Keep a safety zone all around the space, three feet is what werecommend. And if you use a kerosene heater make sure to fill it upoutside. Don't fill it when its still on or inside the house," saysHatcher.
Also, always remember to check your smoke detector and to checkthe battery. If something seems off, you can always call and askyour local fire department.
This shot of cool weather will be quick, so if you don't mind afew chilly mornings you should be fine. However as we get deeperinto fall these spurts will get longer and longer so you might aswell get things ready now.
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