When temperatures drop in the winter, keeping warm is key, but making sure you’re heating your home safely is also very important. Senior Captain Jason Dolph of Fire Station 7 in Anchorage said to have a professional sweep your chimney and clear it of any debris before lighting it.
All other heating systems like boilers and water heater should also professionally be inspected every year.
Dolph said when it starts to get particularly cold outside, people have a hard time keeping their homes at a comfortable temperature inside. Many residents utilize space heaters indoors. Dolph said space heaters are safe to use, as long as residents don’t overload their circuits. Also, Dolph warned Anchorage residents to ensure at least 3 feet of space between the heater and any type of combustible material.