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Winter Heating Safety Tips

Unsafe heating equipment, such as radiators, fireplaces, and space heaters may help warm the house; but can cause fires and burns to your family. In the event that you use one of these this winter in addition to your standard heating system, it is important to keep you and your family safe. Here is a list of safety tips for unsafe winter heating.

  • Never use ovens, stoves, ranges, or grills to heat your home. In addition to the noxious fumes produced by them, fires can be very easily caused by them
    Around any space heaters or radiators, set up a 3 foot area devoid of any flammable objects or children. Never hang laundry or curtains over a space heater. This can help prevent fires or burns.
  • Install fire and carbon monoxide alarms, and be sure to check them every 2 months to ensure your family’s safety.
  • Kerosene heaters should be turned off and moved outside before they are refilled. Overfilling a kerosene heater can cause fires or explosions, as the fuel may expand as it heats up. Always use the correct kind of fuel for space heaters that use it.
  • Never use an extension cord on a space heater of any kind. Also, never leave them unattended. Turn them off before going to bed or leaving the room.
    Keep candles at least 1 foot away from any and all things that are flammable, such as curtains, tablecloths, or papers.
  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected each year before use. Never burn anything other than regular hard wood in a wood stove or fireplace. Do not burn garbage, plastic or processed wood (painted, finished, or treated with chemicals).
  • Fireplaces should be equipped with a sturdy screen to prevent fires around it. Ashes should be cooled before they are removed and/or dumped.
  • You and your family should make a plan in case of a fire, and discuss escape routes for multiple scenarios. Plan out a meeting place away from the house in the event of an emergency.
  • Finally, have a licenced professional install your home central heating equipment and water heaters according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

This holiday season, keep your family safe and warm; with a heating system you can trust. Call us at 718-761-2300 for repair or installation on your home heating system.

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