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Casper Fire-EMS reminds of safety when heating homes

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CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Fire-EMS officials are reminding residents and visitors to keep safety in mind, when heating your home during the Wyoming winter season.

With Wyoming snows and cold-snaps well under way for the season, officials say that it’s good to use devices properly, for their intended use, in the spaces where they were intended to be used.

The full list from Casper Fire-EMS follows:

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  • Use your oven to cook food only, never use it to heat your home.
  • Use portable heating devices designed for indoor use, devices that have an automatic shut off when tipped over. 
  • Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room.
  • Clean chimneys every year.
    • Casper Fire Station 1 has equipment to borrow to sweep chimneys.
  • Place a spark screen in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from flying into the room.  Burn only dry, seasoned wood. Allow ashes to cool before disposing them in a metal container, and insure they are kept a safe distance from the home.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During, and after a snowstorm make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • Have a three-foot clear area around heating equipment.
  • Test smoke and CO alarms monthly.