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Keeping warm with an oven or stove

Severe winter storms can cause power outages for days or even weeks. How will you heat your home if this happens? Some popular alternative sources of home heating are fireplaces, space heaters, wood-burning stoves, and kerosene heaters. Safety factors should be taken into consideration before attempting to purchase or operate any of these home-heating appliances. While chances of freezing to death in your home are small, there's a greater risk of death by fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.


Do not burn anything larger than candles inside your home without providing good ventilation such as opening windows, doors and fireplace flumes.


All heaters that run on fuel (natural gas, kerosene, butane, oil) should be vented. The only exception to this rule is electric heaters.


Do not use the kitchen oven or stove top to heat your home. This can be a fire hazard as well as a source of toxic fumes.


"Space" heaters need their space. Keep anything combustible at least three feet away.

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Taken on February 9, 2013