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Staying Warm & Safe
During extremely cold temperatures, residents may heat their home with alternative sources to supplement a furnace. The Ankeny Fire Department along with the U.S. Fire Administration offers the following heating tips to help maintain a fire-safe home:
Space Heaters, Furnaces & General Heating Safety
- Place space heaters on a solid, flat surface, at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
- Turn off space heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet from space heaters and open fires at all times.
- Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.
- Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.
- Check heaters for cracked or damaged cords and plugs.
- Plug heaters directly into wall outlets, don't use extension cords or power strips.
- Have your furnace, heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected each year by a professional.
- Make sure your outdoor furnace vents are clear of snow or debris. Blocked vents can trap fumes like carbon monoxide in your home.
- Replace furnace filters according to manufacturer instructions.
- Never use an oven to heat your home.
- Keep anything that can burn away from your furnace.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer instructions.
- Install and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
- If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call 911.
Fireplaces, Wood Stoves & Kerosene Heaters Safety
- Have your chimney inspected or cleaned each year by a professional.
- Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
- Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
- Put fires out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
- Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least three feet from your home.
- Make sure your wood stove or kerosene heater is three feet from anything that can burn.
- Install wood-burning stoves following the manufacturer's instructions or have a professional do the installation.
- All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
- Only use kerosene heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.
- Make sure your kerosene heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.
- Refuel your cooled kerosene heater outside.
Ankeny Daytime Warming Centers
Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library
1250 SW District Drive
Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1 - 5 p.m.
Albaugh Family Senior Community Center
150 NW Ash Drive
Monday - Thursday
6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1 - 5 p.m.
Please note: Warming centers are not staffed to provide services (including food, blankets, and cots) but are safe places to get warm.