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You safest source for heating your home is a professionally installed heating system. Harbor City Oil & Propane is aware that many people are doing what ever they can to try and reduce their heating costs. Our company believes that safety should always be the number one concern with home heating.

According to the United States Fire Administration, more than one-fifth of residential fires are related to the use of supplemental room heaters - wood- and coal-burning stoves, kerosene heaters, gas space heaters and electric heaters - so, before you put logs in the fireplace or plug in the electric heater, take some precautions. And never use an oven or stove to help heat your home.

Furnaces:
Your furnace should be checked regularly by a professional. The flame should burn a bright, steady flame and should never come outside of the furnace. If you hear or smell oil or propane leaking from your furnace or furnace lines, evacuate the house immediately and use a phone outside the house to call Harbor City Oil and Propane any time 24hrs a day at: 218-624-3633.

Carbon Monoxide:
Along with fire, another potential danger of home heating is carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have any appliances or equipment that burn fuel such as propane or natural gas, fuel oil, kerosene, wood, coal, pellets, etc., you should install a carbon monoxide detector.

Smoke Detectors:
Smoke detectors save lives. Install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home. Use the test button to check each smoke alarm once a month. Keep new batteries on hand. When necessary, replace batteries immediately. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Fire Extinguishers:
Consider having one or more working fire extinguishers in your home. Look at the fire extinguisher to ensure it is properly charged. Use the gauge or test button to check proper pressure. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or corroded, have it professionally serviced. Only adults should handle and use extinguishers.

Electrical Outlets:
Don't overload your outlets. Use surge protectors if multiple outlets are needed and do not insert more than two plugs into one outlet. Never force a three-pronged plug into a two-pronged outlet or extension cord.