The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 31, 2014

Safety tips for heating sources in unusually cold weather


TARBORO — The phrase “Jack Frost nipping at your nose” has become all too real for Edgecombe County residents the last couple of days, with temperatures tying a record minus-3 degrees Thursday.

Uncommonly cold weather brings a need for extra heating sources for some homeowners.

Ken and Carol Ruffin of Tarboro have found themselves using their wood stove more frequently than usual this winter.

“Our wood supply has gotten very limited,” Carol said.

Ken said the wood stove is a good, inexpensive secondary source of heat for the household. The Ruffins typically add wood to the stove about twice a day. Ken keeps a supply of wood in his barn and lets it sit all year long before using it in his stove.

“You want to use seasoned (dried-out) wood, and you want to have your chimney cleaned out every year by professional people,” Ken said.

Ken also emphasized the importance of proper disposal of ashes for fire prevention purposes.

“Put them in a metal bucket and let them sit outside for several days until they completely go out, and then you just throw them in the garbage,” he said.

Ken also recommended that people using fireplaces should have a screen in front of their fireplace to prevent embers from flying out onto the carpet.

Tarboro Fire Chief Frankie Winslow provided tips for the safe use of other heating sources.

For the complete story, see today's print edition of The Daily Southerner.