Heating during the winter months is absolutely necessary for every person in the nation. Each household will use different types of energy or fuel to heat their home. Home heating poses some safety risks to the consumer so it is important to understand these risks and the steps needed to reduce these risks. Each of these heating sources comes with risks that must be considered including fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings. In order to avoid these dangers the following steps must be taken. Here are some heating safety tips.
• Make sure fire and carbon monoxide detectors are tested to ensure they are in working order in the event of the heating system malfunctioning. A malfunctioning heating system can flood the air with carbon dioxide or start a fire.
• Keep all flammable material away from any heat source to avoid any unnecessary fires and create a three foot safe zone for children.
• It is extremely important to have a qualified professional install your heating system. When a heating system is not properly installed or does not have the proper clearance it creates a potential safety hazard. Schedule a yearly inspection to ensure your heating system is in good working order before winter begins.
• Every heating system is different and requires a different type of furl. It is important to use the right fuel for the right heating source. You would not use wood in a propane fireplace or propane in an electric heating system. Using the wrong fuel can cause a fire or damage the heating system.
• A fireplace is a popular source of heat in the winter but sparks can cause a major safety hazard. If the fireplace is not properly covered with a sturdy fireplace screen it poses a great risk to the homeowner. Sparks can fly several feet causing a major fire hazard.
• Always operate fuel burning heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and instructions by the manufacturer. Improper use can cause the heating equipment to malfunction causing a fire or causing the heating system to stop working during the coldest winter months.
• Always turn off portable heaters before leaving your home. Portable heaters are a leading cause for fires in the home. A portable heater can be knocked over quite easily or if they malfunction can set a home on fire. Place a portable heater on a level surface and never leave the heater on and unattended.
• A stove or oven should never be used to heat a home.
• Central air and heat systems are located outside so it is important to continually clear any debris from around the unit. If debris gets into the unit it could cause it to malfunction.
Heating your home is vital during the winter months but so is keeping your family safe. Following the safety tips provided in this article will reduce the risk and improve the functioning of your heating system.