Most of us love the comfort of a warm home on a cold winter day. Unfortunately, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that home heating caused roughly 56,000 fires from 2009 to 2013. The good news is you can take steps to prevent home heating fires. Here are five tips to keep your family and your home safe:
1 – Operate your space heater with care.
Since the NFPA reports space heaters are responsible for 43 percent of home heating fires, the proper use of space heaters is key to home heating fire prevention.
- Space heaters should be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
- Be sure to inspect your space heater before use.
- A space heater with a damaged cord is not safe for use.
- Your space heater should not be left unattended and you need to turn it off before you go to sleep.
- You should never use an extension cord with a space heater.
- Your space heater should only be used on a flat surface.
2 – Leave HVAC installation and maintenance to the professionals.
Have a professional install your new central heating unit in compliance with local codes and the manufacturer’s instructions. Your heating system should be inspected every year by a qualified professional.
3 – Let cooking be your oven’s only job.
Reserve your oven for cooking. Your oven should never be used to heat your home.
4 – Screen, then clean your fireplace.
Keep a screen in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from escaping. After you’ve enjoyed your fire, put the cooled ashes in a metal container and dispose of them away from your home.
5 – Teach your kids home heating safety.
It’s never too early for your children to learn the importance of home heating safety. Teach kids to stay at least three feet away from fireplaces and space heaters while they’re in use.
At GEN3, we hope your family stays safe this winter. We’re here to help keep your home comfortable year-round with residential heating and cooling services. Our highly skilled technicians are trained to provide any repairs or upgrades your system needs to run as efficiently as possible.