Home Heating Safety

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A fire started in Washoe Valley home early this morning from a faulty furnace in the basement.

The Fire Department says your furnace should be inspected every year to make sure the thermostat and flue are both working properly and not leaking poisons.

"The way the furnace works is it draws air from the house and runs it through a chamber, it's called a heat exchange. The fire is underneath or around that chamber. If you get a crack in that chamber, it'll pump carbon monoxide back into the house," says Chief Larry Farr of the Reno Fire Department

Chief Farr recommends people buy inexpensive carbon monoxide detectors to protect you and your family from potentially deadly poisoning.