Friday, October 29, 2021

10 Heating Deaths in 2021

 Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney issued the following statement.

  Weather forecasts predict low temperatures in the 40s for the near future. As the temperature drops, many Mississippians will turn on central heat and plug in space heaters for the first time in months. They should check their heating equipment now to make sure it is safe to use.

There have been ten heating-related fire deaths so far in 2021. Of the 69 fire deaths statewide in 2020, eight were heating-related.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends the following heating fire safety tips:


·         Place working smoke alarms in every bedroom of your home.

o   Test smoke alarms once a month.

o   Replace smoke alarm units every 10 years.

·         All heating equipment should be UL® approved and cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional prior to being used each year.

·         Remember to keep clothes, drapes, and anything else combustible at least 3 feet away from all heating equipment, especially space heaters.

·         Inspect the space heater’s power cord for damage, fraying or heat. If the cord inspection reveals any of these issues, the heater should be replaced. Proper cleaning is essential and should be done regularly.

·         Never use space heaters while you sleep or in areas where children may be without adult supervision.

·         Do not leave space heaters on when you are away from home.

·         Always unplug space heaters when they are not in use. The heater should also be equipped with a tip over shut-off switch.

·         Never use a stove or oven to heat living spaces. Kerosene is a poor choice for heating as it will give off poisonous fumes.

·         Have chimney flues cleaned and inspected by qualified personnel.

·         Have a spark screen that is age appropriate for all individuals if using a fireplace.

·         Burn only approved materials in a fireplace or wood-burning stove; never burn paper or trash in a fireplace or wood burning stove.

·         Should a fire break out in the home, have an emergency evacuation plan for the family to follow and have a designated meeting place for all family members. Once everyone is outside the burning home, call 911 and don’t go back inside the home under any circumstances.



Krusatyr said...

Why do some women have such a proclivity for space heaters? Some drag them around like a pet. My theory is space heaters burn oxygen right out of the "space" and cause nausea. I like 66 degrees max, windows open and a fan going, all day, all night. But I can enjoy a hardwood log fire in the fire pit or fireplace.

Anonymous said...

Women have a proclivity for space heaters because of those that like 66 degrees max, windows open and a fan going all day and all night.

Anonymous said...

Thanks 3:15, I'm sure your post will save lives.

Anonymous said...

Mr 3:15, You are flirting with that mysterious quandary so many men face - would they like their women hot, or are they willing to settly for a cold cold woman.

As for me, I like them hot. The hotter the better. If it takes a heater to get her there, I have no problem.

Folks, be careful with gas heaters during the upcoming cold weather,

Anonymous said...

Krusatyr, if you're talking about electric space heaters, your "theory" has no basis in physics, chemistry, physiology or any other science you should've learned in 7th grade.

Sensitive Post - Meets Radar Death said...

I'm sure Kingfish will no longer (cancel culture radar) allow the posting of fires, heater deaths, etc, to be posted if they involved women who either went shopping, clubbing or visiting while leaving unattended toddlers or others who are infirm alone in the trailer, apartment, rental.

There was a time this was front page, lead radio and other media coverage and came to something like ten or more deaths in this state annually. Now you will not see it anywhere. Who are we protecting here?...children or adults. Same as with abortion coverage.

Krusatyr said...

Artificially warmed air has always made me queazy. My mother said as a baby she had to soak me in ice water. True.

I'm distressed to hear some men depend on space heaters to get their women hot. I wish I had the fortitude to confess my shortcomings here.

I'll only be gone an hour! said...

9:33 - Notwithstanding your cute post about hot/cold women, please don't limit your (idiotic) counseling to gas heaters. You might want to check with the insurance Comish regarding overloaded extension cords (most are electric) as well as just plugging in small electric heaters blowing fuses, circuits or causing electrical fires. All electric heaters come with warnings to never use an extension cord. But, if you're on your way out the door, to the club, who reads labels?

Hope you find you a hot-woman down to the pool hall.

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