The weather keeps getting colder, which means it’s time to turn up the heat for a warm and cozy winter. Whether your favorite heat source is your furnace, fireplace, space heater, or all three, you need to know the right heating safety tips to follow.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, heating is the second leading cause of home fires. So this winter, as you enjoy your warm and cozy home, remember to follow these # heating safety tips.
Heating Safety Tips
There are plenty of heating safety tips that you can take care of on your own, but first things first is a furnace check-up. If you haven’t had your furnace inspected for the season yet, now is the time to make the call.
During a Furnace check-up, your trusted HVAC technician will inspect and adjust thermostats and controls, burners, tension belts, check for gas leaks, and much more. These checks will ensure that your furnace is ready to take on the winter. Not only is winter HVAC maintenance essential for safety, but it can also help you increase energy efficiency and cut heating costs.
Create a Clearance Zone Around Heating Equipment
No matter what heating equipment you use, it’s essential to keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away. If you have kids and pets, it’s also important to teach them not to get too close to heating equipment.
This might be second nature when it comes to the open flame of your fireplace, but space heaters can also get hot enough to cause burns. Also, objects too close to your space heaters or furnace can cause fires.
Stay On Top of Electric Wires
If you’re staying warm with any electrical devices, like a space heater, always check wires and replace any that are frayed. It’s also best to plug space heaters directly into the outlet instead of using an extension cord. For added safety and energy savings, always unplug all electric heating devices when they’re not in use.
There are few things better than warming up next to a cozy fire at home after a long day. If that’s how you like to stay warm, make sure that you check your fireplace flues and chimney to ensure they are clear of debris and obstruction. Have your chimney cleaned and expected by a professional as needed.
Don’t Leave Fires Unattended
It’s an essential heating safety tip to not leave fires unattended. Plus, fires are meant to be enjoyed. To avoid house fires, always use a screen cover so that sparks can’t fly out.
When you’re done with the fire, ensure that it’s completely extinguished before closing the damper. Always make sure ashes are cooled before storing them in a metal container. For added safety, keep metal ash storage containers a safe distance from your home.
Only Burn the Good Stuff
Smoke from your fireplace can impact indoor air quality, so you should always use dry seasoned wood and avoid fire starters. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire and avoid burning garbage.
Keep Your Space Heaters Away From Water
Space heaters are usually small and portable, so they can be used in many different rooms and space, but make sure to avoid damp areas like bathrooms. Wherever you use your space heater, make sure it’s on a flat, sturdy, and even surface.
Change Your Furnace Filter
There are many reasons why it’s important to change your furnace filter, and one of them is for home safety. To avoid complications with your furnace, it’s best to change your filter every month or two.
Ensure Proper Air Flow and Ventilation
Your furnace needs proper airflow and good ventilation to work safely and efficiently. You can help ensure proper airflow and good insulation by clearing obstructions, opening registers, changing air filters, seal duct leaks, and more.
Use the Right Gas
Today, most people use electric space heaters, but if you have a gas-powered one, always practice heating safety by using the manufacturer’s recommended fuel. Always use fuel-powered space heaters in well-ventilated areas.
Check and Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Smoke Alarms
If you follow heating safety tips, then you can keep your home warm and safe all winter long – but as cliche as it may be, it’s “always better safe than sorry.” Replace your carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm batteries yearly and test them regularly.
Warm and Safe Winter Wishes from AirXperts!
If you haven’t scheduled your furnace inspection yet, it’s still not too late! For furnace inspections and more advice on how to stay safe and warm this winter, contact AirXperts today!