Heating caused 8,518 fires over the past five years and is the number two cause of home fires in Massachusetts. Use your home heating system and space heating appliances wisely and responsibly. That’s the way to
The ABCs of Fire Safety
- Use only heavy-duty extension cords.
- Always turn off when going to bed or leaving home.
- Portable kerosene heaters are illegal in MA for home use.Maintain Natural Gas EquipmentNatural gas is a safe and efficient way to cook, heat our homes and hot water.
- Have your furnace and hot water heater professionally checked every year.
- Do not use or store gasoline or painting supplies inside where they can be ignited by the pilot light.Gas leaks can be dangerous – if you smell something like rotten eggs or you think there might be a leak,
- Move outdoors.
- Do not smoke or turn on or off electrical switches – sparks can cause an explosion.
- Dial 911 immediately.Maintain Oil Heating EquipmentHome heating with fuel oil is also safe and efficient.
- Have your furnace professionally cleaned and checked every year.
- Don’t let the tank get completely empty.
- Call for service if the oil burner releases smoke or soot in the house.Carbon Monoxide: the Silent KillerHeating equipment is the leading source of carbon monoxide (CO) in the home.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home.
- Don’t use the gas stove or oven for heat.
- Have furnaces and chimneys checked annually by a professional.
- Keep appliance vents and exhaust pipes clear of drifting snow and bushes.Fuel AssistanceFor information on fuel assistance, please call the HEATLINE at 1-800-632-8175 (or for Boston only 617-357-6012) or on-line at www.mass.gov/dhcd.