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As Temperatures Drop Follow These Tips to Keep Your Home Safe and Warm
Stay Safe with these quick tips from the City of Hillsboro Fire Department:
Electric heaters: Use the heater on the floor for stability - never place a heater on furniture, and never leave a heater unattended. Do not hide cords under rugs or carpet, as placing anything on top of the cord could cause a fire by over-heating. Be sure the plug fits properly into an outlet, since a loose plug can overheat and cause a fire. Plug space heaters directly into the wall outlet. Keep anything that can burn three feet from a portable heater and 12 inches from a baseboard or wall heater.
Central heating: Have furnaces and all chimneys inspected and cleaned once a year before the heating season begins. Replace filters regularly.
Fireplaces: Keep fireplace fires small, and use a fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room. Never burn trash or paper in a fireplace; burning paper can float up your chimney and onto your roof or into your yard. Place ashes in an outside metal container, stir in water and place the container at least three feet away from anything that burns. Wait at least three days before disposing of the ashes in your garden beds or trash can.