Did you know that heating equipment is one of the main causes of home fires in the United States? According to a National Fire Protection Association report, local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 48,530 heating equipment-related fires annually from 2014 to 2018. These fires account for around 500 civilian deaths, 1,350 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage every year.
The infographic below provides you with tips on how to stay warm and safe throughout the fall and winter seasons.
Keep Flammable Items Away From Heat
Keep anything that can burn—like curtains, furniture, clothing, etc.—at least 3 feet away from heat sources, such as a fireplace, space heater, or candle. And remember to blow out candles if leaving your home or room and not leave space heaters unattended.
Test Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly. Batteries should be changed twice a year. A good rule of thumb is to change these when adjusting your clocks for daylight savings time.
Ensure Your Fireplace is Ready for Use
If you have a fireplace, be sure to get your chimney inspected for any structural damage. When using the fireplace, invest in a screen to prevent sparks or burning wood from escaping. Ashes should always be cool before storing them in a closed, metal container.
Schedule a Heating Service With Us
Make sure your heating system is ready for the new season by scheduling a furnace tune-up with us. Our reliable, experienced technicians will ensure your unit is reaching its maximum efficiency.