Safe Heating: Is It Possible or Not?
Climate in Canada is cold, but it doesn’t mean that you have to suffer from it!. Heating is what keeps you comfortable during those days when the temperature takes a dip. However, most of the home fires occur according to malfunctioning of the heating systems. At times, this also occurs due to a fire triggered by a heating system that hasn’t been maintained properly. This is the reason why it's important to keep the home heating system in a sound condition, in addition to following proper safety and maintenance tips. Here are some very easy to follow safety tips keeping, which will help you to provide a secure environment for your family members and maintain home safety without any problem.
CHECK YOUR FURNACE
Be convinced that you contact a professional heating contractor to get your furnace checked properly, at frequent intervals. Such prevention will allow you to have some peace of mind regarding the effectiveness of the heating system. Feel certain to explain the exact problems to the professional, if there are any. This will help him solve the problems better and faster.
THE FURNACE AND VENTS CLEANING
Make sure that there are no rags, old newspapers, cardboard boxes or any other kind of flammable materials near the heating system before you start any repairing activities. Additionally, you should clean the vents duly. If the ventilation system of the heating unit is not maintained properly or the airway is blocked, the furnace can cause a large blaze, leading to a dangerous situation. Any flammable object has to be kept at least three feet away from all the different heating equipment that you have at home. There are: furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters.
A CLEAN CHIMNEY
Make sure that a chimney, if you have one, is thoroughly cleaned at least once a year. There are high chances that you suddenly discover a small animal, with its nest, residing in your chimney, if it's not in regular use. If you think that it's not possible for you to check the chimney on your own, take into account getting in touch with a heating contractor, who has experience of cleaning chimneys thoroughly. Meanwhile, be sure to clean the chimney before you use it for the first time this winter.
DISCONNECT YOUR PORTABLE HEATER
Before going to sleep or going out, be sure to turn off the portable heaters. It doesn't really make sense to keep the heater on when you are not indoors. At the same time, you won't be able to notice if there is a fire hazard when you are sleeping. Make sure you use the home heating systems properly and turn those off when these are not being monitored. This will help you ensure complete security for your home.
FOLLOW THE RULES
Additionally, it’s essential to follow some general heating safety rules. For example, you should never use an oven to heat your home. Likewise, be sure to use the correct fuel, which has been specified by the manufacturer, in case you are using a fuel burning space heater. You should also test the smoke alarms at frequent intervals.
USE THE SAFETY TIPS
Take into consideration contacting a qualified heating contractor for installing the stationary space heating equipment or the central heating equipment. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions while installing a wood burning stove. Also, you’d better to keep the portable generators away from your house in order to avoid accidents.
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR FIREPLACE
Be sure to follow the fireplace safety tips properly. Keep a sturdy screen in front of the fireplace so that the sparks don't flow into the living room. If you are planning to put the fire ashes into a covered metal container, be sure to cool it properly. Don't put these ashes into a plastic container. In addition, keep these ashes at a safe distance from your home.
CHANGE YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES
Be sure to change the batteries at frequent intervals, ideally twice a year, if there is a smoke detector in your heating system. If you have not been doing this consistently, do it before turning on the furnace for the first time. You should remember that heating equipment fires often happen to be one of the most common causes of home fires. If you change the batteries of the smoke detector, it will function properly and all your family members will be notified as soon a fire occurs.
We hope these safety tips will be useful for you and don’t forget to follow them for ensuring your home comfort and reliability.