Be safe when heating your home

Another wave of Arctic-cold weather has hit the area. With it could come an increase in the number of house fires – and possibly deaths in them.

Many of the primary heating systems in local homes struggle to keep residents comfortable when outside temperatures dip below zero. That prompts many people to overload the equipment and/or resort to heating techniques they ought to know are hazardous.

When one is shivering in the cold or watching children suffer from it, one might often disregard common sense about safety. Don’t do it, we beg of you.

Rather than using a cookstove for heating, firing up a propane grill inside or resorting to any of dozens of other dangerous methods of warming up the house, find some safe way to keep warm. Put on a sweater or even a coat. If the cold gets too bad, go somewhere else.

While the coming week is expected to be warmer than the past one, this warning is still important. If you don’t need it now, keep it in mind for later this winter when way-below-zero temps return.

We hope you stay toasty warm throughout the winter, but please, make safety the top priority.