Safely heating your home

Safely heating your home

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Your heater or fireplace is about to get a break. But that doesn't mean it's time to let your guard down.

Warmer weather is on the way, and that means you now have a second chance to make sure your home heating system is ready for when winter strikes again.

Two home explosions just days apart miles down the road in Mississippi County.

While the investigation continues into a deadly home fire in Keiser over the weekend, police have said a home explosion earlier this month in Osceola was caused by a gas leak.

"People are really nervous about any type of gas heating," Mississippi County Office of Emergency Management Director Joseph Richmond said.

Richmond said you have to think ahead when heating your home. "Any heating source is as safe as any other heating source as long at that heating appliance has been approved for residential use, as long as it's checked," he said.

Richmond, who also serves as the fire chief of Keiser, said there are simple things to do to prevent disaster.

"We in the fire service try to recommend, at least in the beginning of the winter or the first time it starts getting cold, get them cleaned, get them checked," Richmond said.

Also if you suspect a problem, Richmond advised not to ignore it.

He said once you have your gas heaters cleaned or checked be careful of what you place near them and be cautious of where you place movable, electric space heaters.

While disastrous consequences like fires or explosions are possible, Richmond said something everyone needs to be cautious of are noxious gases.

Richmond maintains that a good indication you should get your heater checked is if it kicks off often or you cannot keep it lit.

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