Fire Department warns of dangers of space heaters and other alternative home heating sources
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Propane prices are forcing many to look for alternative ways to heat their homes.
"If you leave the room, turn the space heater off, if you're going to bed at night, turn the space heater off. If there's a fireplace and you were burning wood, make sure the fireplace is out,” said Jesse Pedersen, a spokesperson for the Sioux City Fire Department.
The Fire Department also advises against using your stove or oven to heat your home.
And, make sure if you're using kerosene that it's properly ventilated.
Space heaters should be kept out of the bathroom and away from water sources.
And, make sure your fireplace is checked annually by a professional.