The National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, a Commerce Department agency, has prepared a fact sheet of "Winter Fire Safety Tips for the Home," to alert people to potential hazards they may encounter when using alternate heating methods in their homes.
Among the suggestions.
Never use fule burning appliances without proper vents to the outside. Burning fuel (kerosene, coal or propane, for example) produces deadly fumes.
Never quicken a fire with kerosene or gasoline.
Keep gasoline, or other flammable liquids, stored outside of the home at all times.
Use only the proper fuel for each heater. Never introduce a fuel into a unit not designed to use that fuel.
If you are using an approval, UL-labeled heater or heating stove in your bedroom, turn off your heater or turn it low before going to bed. When using a fuel burning heater in the bedroom, open the window. Ventilation prevents suffocation that can be caused by a heater consuming oxygen.
When you go to bed, be sure your fireplace fire is out. Never close your fireplace damper while hot ashes are in the fireplace. A closed damper can help smoldering ashes build up heat to the point where a fire could flare up and ignite the room.
Contact your local fire department for advice if you have a question on home fire safety.
More suggestions for preventing fires in your home during winter months are included in "Winger Fire Safety Tips for the Home." Free copies are available by writing the Office of Information Services, National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, Department of Commerce, Washington, Department of Commerce, Washington 20230, or by calling 634-7663.