Posted by Trina Kinstler - email
CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The American Red Cross and the National Fire Protection Association has released results of a survey showing the majority of Americans (79 percent) are concerned about the rising cost of heating their homes, and may use an alternative heating source to reduce their bills this winter.
The survey identified behaviors related to appliance maintenance and cooking that could also present home fire hazards this winter.
"As we head into, what by all accounts is likely to be a very costly heating season, these survey results and Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5 - 11) provide a critical opportunity for us to remind people about the things they can do to prevent home fires and keep their families safe and warm this winter," said NFPA President James M. Shannon. "If people use alternative heat sources to reduce energy costs, it is critical they use devices that are new or in good working order, and they turn off units when they go to bed or leave the room."
According to NFPA reports, cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires. The survey revealed that 48 percent of households will us an alternative heating source to reduce their bills this winter, such as portable space heaters, stoves, ovens and fireplaces. Thirty-six percent of people with fireplaces reported they have never cleaned or inspected their chimneys.
NFPA and the American Red Cross offer these safety tips: