The Washington Times-Herald

Community

November 27, 2013

Make sureto follow heater safety

To cope with power outages resulting from the storm, some Hoosiers have begun using alternative heating sources, such as wood stoves or space heaters, to warm their homes. The Indiana State Fire Marshal is encouraging these individuals to use these sources safely.

Things to keep in mind when using heating equipment:

Woodstoves or fireplaces:

•Use only dry, seasoned wood in a fireplace or woodstove to avoid the build-up of creosote, an oily deposit that easily catches fire.

•Use only paper or kindling wood, not a flammable liquid, to start the fire. Do not use artificial logs in woodstoves.

•Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room.

•Allow fireplace and woodstove ashes to cool before disposing in a metal container, which is kept a safe distance from your home.

Space heaters:

•Space heaters need space. Keep heaters away from flammable materials such as bedding, drapes, clothing, etc.

•Use the proper grade of fuel for your liquid-fueled space heater and never use gasoline in any heater not approved for gasoline use.

•Refuel space heaters only in a well ventilated area and when the equipment is cool.

•Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity, never into an extension cord.

•Turn off space heaters whenever the room they are in is unoccupied.

•Turn off space heaters when you go to bed each night to avoid knocking them over in the dark.

Generators:

Knowing how to use your generator properly can protect you and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

•Never use a generator inside.

•Place emergency generators outdoors away from windows and doors to prevent fumes from entering the home.

•Have a CO detector in the house that sounds an alarm when dangerous carbon monoxide levels are found.

For more information about winter heating safety, visit www.getprepared.in.gov.

In case of a fire, it is not only crucial to have a working smoke alarm in your home, but it is also the law (IC 22-11-18-3.5). Working smoke alarms can double the chances of surviving a residence fire. By Indiana law, all dwellings must have at least one functioning smoke alarm installed outside each sleeping area, and on each level of the building.

1
Text Only
Community
  • zoeller Wednesday's Area Briefs Benefit for PowerHouseA benefit night for the PowerHouse will be held from 4 p.m. until close today at Impressed Coffee. A portion of the proceeds from all sales will be donated to help with future PowerHouse projects. Girl Scouts calloutAll girls gr

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Beasleys hold 86th annual reunion The 86th annual Beasley family reunion was held Aug. 10 at the Raglesville Community Center. Fifty-seven members of the family were present to enjoy the meal and fellowship.Mary Phillips asked the table blessing and after the meal a short business me

    August 20, 2014

  • Duke Energy warns area customers PLAINFIELD — As scammers continue to target the customers of utility service providers across the country, Duke Energy is reminding its customers not to fall victim to fraudulent activity.“Unfortunately, we continue to receive reports across our serv

    August 20, 2014

  • Health Dept. hopes to inform Daviess County residents about potential threats Over the past few weeks, the Daviess County Health Department has received several calls regarding diseases in Daviess County. Television and news reports of measles, Ebola and other diseases seem to be daily topics of discussion.Over the past five y

    August 20, 2014

  • Crane hosts college scholarship winners CRANE — Recently, a select group of Indiana’s best and brightest college students were honored at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division when the Southern Indiana Section of American Society of Naval Engineers, Blacks in Government, and the Ho

    August 19, 2014

  • GardenOfMonth.jpg Home selected by Flower and Garden Club The home of Albert Wichman at 2413 Glenwood Drive has been selected by the Washington Arts and Flowers Garden Club as the Spotlight Yard of the Month. When Wichman bought the house three years ago, it had a few shrubs and bushes, but now he has trans

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • AldredKatie.jpg Aldred successfully defends her dissertation, earns PhD Katie Aldred, a 2005 graduate of Washington High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of Evansville, received a PhD in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in May.She successfully defended her dissertation titled “

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bunch Bunch, Roberson celebrates engangement Bunch-RobersonJennifer Rose Bunch, daughter of Kent and Tina Bunch of Washington, and Joseph Alan Roberson, son of Roger and Lynn Ann Roberson of Wheatland and Bob and Lisa Rehwald of Vincennes, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.The brid

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shaw graduates from Basic Training Air Force Airman Richard L. Shaw graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force

    August 16, 2014

  • Ways to help others Retired Senior Volunteer ProgramRSVP is seeking more volunteers to fill requests from non-profit and community service agencies. Volunteers choose when, where and with whom they want to work. Assignments are made to fit the volunteer’s interests and

    August 16, 2014