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Kerosene Heater Safety

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Kerosene Heater Safety

Kerosene heaters are often used as a supplemental heat source. They are reasonable priced, kerosene is easily accessible, and kerosene is a clean burning fuel. However, like any fuel source, there are safety rules that should be followed to minimize risk of fire. 

1. Use only water-clear 1-K grade kerosene.

2. Always store kerosene in a container intended for kerosene.

3. Purchase from a dealer who can certify that what is being sold is 1-K grade kerosene.

4. Never refuel the heater inside the home.

5. Do not refuel the heater when it is hot or in operation.

6. In case of flare-up or if uncontrolled flaming occurs, do not attempt to move or carry the heater.

7. Reduce your exposure to indoor air pollutants by properly operating and maintaining your portable kerosene heater.

8. Always operate your heater according to the manufacturer:s instructions.

9. Keep the wick in your heater clean and in good operating condition.

10. Keep an outside window opened approximately an inch to ensure adequate fresh air infiltration.

For more safety information, check out the NASD Kerosene Heater Safety recommendations at http://nasdonline.org/1295/d001100/kerosene-heater-safety.html.

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