The winter months are approaching. As the mercury begins to dip, some families, struggling to stay warm, will turn on the kitchen stove burners and the oven in an effort to take the chill off of their home. What these families don’t realize is how dangerous this practice can be. A gas oven or range top should never be used for heating. A fire could start and poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) fumes could fill the home. Any fuel-burning heating equipment (fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, space or portable heaters), generators and chimneys can produce carbon monoxide.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) there is an increased risk of dying in a home fire during the winter season. December, January and February are generally the deadliest months for fire.
The Alexandria Fire Department encourages homeowners with fuel-burning appliances to have one or more working carbon monoxide alarms installed in thier home. Fuel-burning appliances should be inspected regularly by a licensed technician to ensure they are operating properly. Never use fuel-burning appliances for anything other than what they are designed for.