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Is it true...kerosene heaters illegal?
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Tom A    Posted 01-31-2003 at 04:46:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just saw an article in my local paper about a fire caused by folks using a kerosene heater stupidly (too close to flamables and unattended) and causing a house fire.

The article said that kerosene heaters were against the law in that true? The wizards in the paper seem to be saying that they should be outlawed to "protect us" and are citing Mass. as an example. This kind of stuff burns me up (forgive the pun)!

Tom A

Ludwig    Posted 01-31-2003 at 08:30:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was in college halogen lamps were all the rage. LOTS of fires got started because people thought that it'd be cool to put a colored scarf or something over the light to have a colored room. Halogen lamps get quite warm and they'd smolder, but by then whoever'd done it would have left or be drunk or stoned or in the middle of procreation and not notice. When they caught on fire they'd notice and flip out...

Its like anything else, safe if you pay attention, dangerous if you don't.

screaminghollow    Posted 01-31-2003 at 08:24:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A few years back I read that Fairfax county Va had outlawed kero heaters in residences.

True story, some guy in College Park, MD about 9 yrs ago was painting something in the garage in the winter. He had a kero heater going to keep the garage warm. He decided to take a smoke and sat down on a lawn chair next to the heater, AND SET THE AEROSOL CAN OF PAINT ON TOP THE LIT HEATER. KaBoom

Red Dave    Posted 01-31-2003 at 06:17:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if Mass, or any other state, has banned them statewide, but I do know of cities that have.
Kerosene heaters can be as safe or as dangerous as the person using it. You definitly breathe the products of combustion, but if you allow for some ventilation, it may not be a problem. I've been in houses where they called the Fire Company for a CO detector alarm and the people never realized that their heater was what produced the CO. I've seen things sitting too near the heater, I even saw one with a doily on it (not fired at the time). Even smart people do dumb things sometimes.
If you live 40 miles from nowhere and burn your home down with a foolish act, it's yours and you only put yourself in danger. Cities use the logic that a fire in a row home or other close-proximity buiding is an immediate danger to the whole block, not just the owner/occupant.
Which way is better? You choose.
I live in the country and I'll be responsible for myself, thank you. I don't like statewide "one size fits all" laws.

Putting soapbox away now....

DeadCarp    Posted 01-31-2003 at 06:36:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
The doily comment reminded me of one nite my kid sister and her boyfriend decided to stay at the old farmhouse. They started the stove and it smoked quite a bit, so their remedy was to stuff rags around the stovepipe. Well the snow from the chimney finally soaked the rags & put the fire out so they went without heat. Boy that house has weathered a lotta stupidity. :)

Ifyerthatdumb    Posted 02-01-2003 at 22:08:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
to stuff rags around a stove's really hard to feel sorry for you when you burn the place down. DUH.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-31-2003 at 04:49:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't know about Mass, but pretty sure they are illegal here in 'Rental Properties'...Least I seem to remember that from when Dad had a couple buildings...

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