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Ga. Insurance Commissioner Offers Home Heating Safety Tips

Ga. Insurance Commissioner Offers Home Heating Safety Tips
Posted at 5:47 AM, Feb 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-18 05:47:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's insurance commissioner is offering consumers heating safety tips as cold weather lingers in the region.

Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says heating equipment is the leading cause of residential fires in Georgia. Hudgens says consumers should keep heaters and other equipment away from curtains, bedding and other combustibles.

Hudgens says heaters and fuel-burning appliances should also have sufficient ventilation to avoid the risk of fire and carbon monoxide exposure. He says anyone using a kerosene heater should make sure it has an automatic shut off switch if it tips over and use K1 kerosene, not gasoline — which can cause an explosion.

Hudgens says consumers should also install smoke alarms and rehearse family escape plans in case of fires. The commissioner says fires have killed 25 Georgians so far this year.