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Home Heating Safety

1/25/2023 (Permalink)

An electric heater on the floor with a navy blue wall in the background and a plant to the left This heater can cause fire damage if it is covered or if it is not plugged directly into the wall.

While it may not have seemed like it until recently, the winter season is here in full force, and you likely have flipped on the heat for the last time for at least a month or two. Flipping between heat and air is something we are all accustomed to this time of year, but if you haven’t been taking care of your heating equipment you could be setting yourself up for a fire disaster.

You should be able to be warm and comfy all season long, so take steps now to keep your family safe.

<h3basics">Furnace Basics

Since we live in a warmer climate than most, many of our homes are equipped with an HVAC/furnace combo that either runs on electricity or gas. These units can tolerate our changing temps well and are fairly economical choices, but they do need regular maintenance to run long-term.

Clean your unit regularly to ensure there isn’t an excessive amount of dust allowed to accumulate, and change your filter. It’s recommended to change filters every 90 days, but you may want to switch yours out more often if you are in and out a lot or have four-legged friends at home. The change of seasons is a great reminder to install a fresh filter.

The air filter is particularly crucial in our environment to help maintain the moisture level in your home, as well as cut down on allergens.

<h3safety">Fireplace Safety

You may not get to use that beautiful fireplace often, but it still needs some attention to avoid being a fire hazard. By taking care of it regularly, regardless of how cold the season actually gets, you can enjoy the dance of the flames whenever you want.

Clean and inspect it every season. And hey, you can always turn the AC on after you have enjoyed a toasty fire!

Wood-burning fireplaces should have ash and soot cleared out, and the chimney should be inspected to ensure there are no blockages. Artificial fireplaces should be dusted often, including any removable logs, screens, and fireplace tools.

<h3heaters">Portable Heaters

When the weather is sharing every season in one day, space heaters are a great choice to warm up a chilly morning. Space heaters are also a common cause of fires in our area though, so use them wisely.

Give your space heater at least three feet of the room away from any materials, and keep it on a flat surface. Plug the unit directly into the wall to avoid electrical fires that using an extension cord or surge protector can cause.

Make sure your whole family understands the risks of all of your heating equipment, and keep a close eye on the little ones and furry ones. Most house fires are the result of a quick and simple accident. Enjoy blanket season without worry by keeping your home safe.

If you experience fire damage this season, give us a call at SERVPRO of Jonesboro for immediate assistance. We’re here 247 when you need us!

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