Home Heating Safety Tips
Research suggests that an overwhelming number of fires in the United States occur during the winter months of December, January, and February. One of the reasons is because of increased use of heating sources. Here’s how you can heat your home effectively this winter so that you stay comfortable while keeping safe.
Check and Inspect
Inspect and clean your furnace prior to the upcoming heating season. If the heating season is already in full swing, don’t delay. Have a professional check on your equipment and oil motors and replace belts if worn.
For Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Other Sources of Heat…
Have chimneys and vents inspected, serviced, and cleaned. This is not the time for a do-it-yourself attitude; have a professional take care of it. Make sure your fireplace screen is in good condition and secure so that it can properly and safely catch sparks. Use dry, seasoned wood for fireplaces and wood stoves. Dispose of ashes in a covered metal container.
Employ the use of a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Along with fire comes the potential danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning any fuel, such as for heating and cooking. Know the dangers of CO exposure. Fire safety experts recommend installing a carbon monoxide detector.
Look for models with an automatic shut-off device and temperature control. Never put anything on top of the heater and provide adequate space from walls and furniture. Electric and kerosene heaters should never be left unattended.
At a Distance
Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment such as a portable space heater, fireplace, wood-burning stove or furnace.
No matter how careful you are with home heating, you and your family should be prepared for the season. Have a certified professional take a look at your system and fix any issues before it’s too late. Follow these tips to ensure a safe, happy winter.
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