Home Heating Safety Tips from Cy-Fair Mechanical

By | January 7, 2016

Fact:  Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

Be warm and SAFE this winter by following these simple safety tips from the NFPA.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.trane-high-efficiency-gas-furnace
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a skilled professional. The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (28%) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms every month.
  • Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer’s  instructions or have a professional do the installation.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.
  • If  you smell gas in your gas heater, do do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.

Cy-Fair Mechanical wishes you a safe heating system.  If you need a licensed professional to service your home heating system please call us at 281-213-2733 or visit us online at Cy-Fair Mechanical.com