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.
- 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