We’ve been surprisingly lucky this winter with warmer temperatures, but one thing is sure – that’s not going to last! Now, it’s no secret that more home fires occur during the winter than any other season. Fortunately, with a little care you can prevent almost all of them! Follow these tips to keep your home safe from fires this winter, whether you’re using a furnace, a fireplace or a space heater!
Fireplace Safety Tips
Have your furnace inspected annually by a certified furnace inspection technician to ensure that it is in good working order.
Make sure all furnace controls and emergency shut offs are in proper working order.
Keep the area around your furnace, particularly the burner area, clean and unobstructed.
Never store anything combustible within six inches of your vent pipe.
Make sure you keep all (or almost all) of your vents open at all times. Closing more than 20% of the vents will result in high resistance and unnecessary heat buildup in the furnace.
Do not store combustible materials, such as paint thinners or gasoline, near your furnace.
Gas Fireplace Safety Tips
If you start to smell gas, turn off the gas valve leading to the fireplace as soon as possible and call your nearest fireplace service.
Never operate your gas fireplace without the glass securely in place. When using gas logs, make sure the glass doors stay open.
Watch for any discoloration of the fireplace glass or the surrounding walls or mantel – this indicates a potential gas leak.
If your pilot goes out, relight it. If it goes out repeatedly, call Wheat & Sons! We’ll take a look at it and figure out how to fix it.
Don’t try to increase the gas pressure to “get a better flame” – you’re likely to end up with an explosion!
If you want to replace your gas logs, call ac certified company! They will install your new gas log so it meets manufacturer specifications for log placement, secondary air and venting.
Space Heater Safety Tips
Keep all household combustibles, including paper, clothing, drapery, etc. at least three ft away from your space heater.
Don’t try to use space heaters as the primary heating method in your home – use them only for supplemental heat.
Never plug space heaters in using extension cords.
Check your space heater’s wire before you plug it in to see if it is frayed or damaged in any way. If it is, do not use it – the chance of dangerous sparking (or full on combustion) is extremely high.
If the plug your heater is connected to gets too hot, have that outlet replaced by a qualified technician.
Don’t use your space heater in damp environments like the bathroom unless it is specifically designed for use in those areas
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