September: National Preparedness Month 2015

(Source: HPBA.org)

With colder weather approaching, now is the best time to prepare and plan for potential emergencies and the unexpected that can occur this winter.

On August 31, 2015, the White House declared September National Preparedness Month in an effort to prepare practical responses before disasters happen. It is important to formulate a plan in advance with your family, friends and community to ensure the proper resources are available to respond, if needed.

For fireplace and stove owners, fall is an exciting time — it means that most fireplaces will soon be used for the first time since last season and loved ones gather around the hearth for warmth and coziness. It is important that fireplace owners take the appropriate precautions to make certain their appliance is ready to be used safely. There are a number of resources to help prepare depending on the type of appliance.

Wood Burning Appliances

A wood burning appliance such as awoodstove, pellet stove or fireplace can serve as a reliable, sustainable and low-cost source of additional heat. Many households employ zone heating to heat a frequently used area of the house to reduce home heating bills as well as have a backup heat source in times of an unexpected power outage.

Natural Gas and Propane-Fueled Appliances

Gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log setsare all available with manual controls, remotes, wall thermostats and remote thermostats. Most offer blowers to help circulate the heat. Gasfireplaces, stove and log sets can provide a unique alternative to existing wood burning stoves or fireplaces. Gas stoves, fireplaces, inserts and log sets can burn either natural gas or propane. It is also important to schedule an annual inspection of your appliance by a technician before each home heating season.

Read more at http://www.hpba.org/consumers/hearth/september-national-preparedness-month-2015

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