Emergency heaters include:
- "Canned Heat"
- Buddy Burners
- Gas stove burners (if the gas is on but the electricity is off)
Place all open-flame heaters in front of a ventilation opening (this keeps exhaust fumes from spreading through the room). A window or door must be open at least 1 inch to provide sufficient fresh air. Position the heater so that it won't be knocked over.
Heating Safety Practices
- Propane camp stoves may be used indoors, but do not use liquid Coleman fuel stoves inside the house.
- Do not leave a propane camp stove, or the burners on a natural gas stove, burning while you sleep.
- Kerosene used according to the manufacturer's directions, can be safely used while sleeping.
- Do not leave candles burning while you are asleep. They may get knocked over in the night and cause a fire.
- Do not use charcoal briquettes inside for cooking or keeping warm-doing this has killed people.
- Do not use wood unless you have a fireplace or properly installed wood stove.
- If you need a campfire, build it in a safe place outside.
- The flame of 1 candle can keep you from freezing to death.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the improper use of open flame heating include headache, lethargy, blurry vision, or the room feels "stuffy." If symptoms occur, get fresh air into the room immediately or move everybody out fast. Pregnant women and unborn babies are particularly at risk. These symptoms are cumulative and returning to a carbon monoxide environment could cause the symptoms to come on much quicker and more severe. If you think you have carbon monoxide poisoning contact Emergency Services
or get to the hospital.