State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and all the members of the Massachusetts fire service are concerned that heating is the second leading cause of home fires in Massachusetts. It is important to Keep Warm, Keep Safe this winter.
Furnaces and chimneys should be checked by a professional every year before the start of the heating season.
Unvented kerosene heaters are illegal in Massachusetts because they are so dangerous, but if you shop in neighboring states they may be for sale legally. Be safe and leave them out of state. They pose not only a fire risk, but also produce carbon monoxide.
Wood, pellet and coal stoves require a permit from the local building inspector to ensure they are installed safely and properly.
Space heaters can provide a little extra warmth in a cold or drafty area but are not designed to replace household heating systems. One of every 10 space heater fires results in a fire death. DO NOT use an extension cord with a space heater.
Here are some links to helpful safety information
Department of Fire Services
National Fire Protection Association
U.S. Fire Administration
Fuel Assistance Programs
The following link has information on heating assistance programs, the laws on shutting off utilities in the winter months and helpful consumer information.