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Use Winter Heaters More Carefully: MoI

Ministry of Interior (MoI) has issued a few guidelines to enable residents to be more careful when using winter heaters. 

Many people resort in the winter to use heaters, especially with low temperatures. Despite the many benefits of these heaters provide at home or outdoor, it has many risks as well , especially fires or suffocations leading to death. Those using space heaters and fireplaces are advised to take all safety and security measures in order to avoid any dangerous incidents.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment such as a portable space heater, fireplace, wood-burning stove or furnace. The three-foot safety zone includes furniture, drapes, electronics—anything that can bu
  • Have a three-foot ‘kid-free zone’ around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the standard codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not place an electrical cord under a rug. Dispose of older, fraying extension cords.
  • Always use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer for fuel burning space heaters.
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