With Heating Season Looming, Take These Safety Tips to Heart to Protect Your Family

heating safety tipsKeeping your home comfortable as the seasons change might seem as easy as switching the thermostat from air conditioning to heat. However, there are some important home heating tips to follow that prevent dangerous fire hazards. Being comfortable and safe this fall and winter is easy with a few extra precautions.

Safety and Prevention

According to the National Fire Protection Association Today, “December, January and February are the leading months for home fires, with 50% of all home heating fires occurring during this time.” Moreover, portable and stationary space heaters accounted for 32 percent of U.S. home heating fires between 2004 and 2008.

These fires are preventable when you follow these home heating tips:

  • Never leave space heaters on unattended or while you’re sleeping.
  • Keep space heaters a minimum distance of 3 feet away from all household items.
  • Have an annual chimney inspection and cleaning if necessary.
  • Always have a sturdy fireplace screen in place.
  • Insure ashes are completely cool before disposal in a metal container.
  • Check cords for damage and loose connections.
  • Know the power capacity of your outlets before plugging heaters in.
  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors outside each sleeping area in the home.
  • Don’t heat your home with the oven.
  • Insure your home’s heating system is inspected annually by experienced HVAC technicians.
  • Regularly change the furnace filter.

Efficiency and Comfort

Maintenance of your heating equipment not only keeps you safe; it also improves home energy efficiency and comfort. Here are some home heating tips to help lower energy bills while maintaining a consistent temperature:

  • When updating your heating system, choose a high-efficiency model furnace or boiler.
  • Schedule an annual inspection and tune-up of the heating system in late summer or early fall to keep it working at peak performance.
  • Keep heat circulating properly by moving furniture, rugs and window treatments away from vents, registers and cold air returns.
  • Vacuum and wipe dust off of radiators and vents.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.

Discover these and other home heating tips by contacting Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing.

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