Disaster Resources - University of Illinois Extension

Home Heating Tips

  • Conserve fuel if necessary by keeping your house cooler than normal. Temporarily "close off" heat to some rooms.
  • Hang blankets over windows at night (let the sun shine in during the day). Stuff cracks around doors with rugs, newspapers, towels, or other such materials.
  • When using kerosene heaters, maintain ventilation to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them a least three feet away from flammable objects.
  • If you have a fireplace, stock an ample supply of wood that is easy to get to during a storm. Use a screen. Do not leave unattended especially at night.
  • If you have a small camp stove, keep ample fuel. When in use ensure that it is well ventilated.
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