Home Heating Hazards To Watch Out For

03/24/2017

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Statistics show that 16% of residential fires originate from heating equipment. Now while that may not be an overwhelmingly high number, it’s high enough that it could still happen in your home. Luckily, there are a few simple solutions to help eliminate the potential of a fire. Consider these point as you assess the heating hazards in your home:

  • Don’t Leave Space Heaters Unattended: Space heaters are primarily used to heat certain rooms without having to resort to your HVAC system. But since they’re a common fire hazard, it’s important to remember to turn these off when they’re not in use, and to also clear away any flammable materials (such as furniture, clothes, curtains, and books) near the unit.

  • Keep the Chimney Clean: Chimneys that haven’t been cleaned for a while can have a lot of buildup against the sides. This buildup is called creosote and it’s a highly combustible substance that’s made up of a combination of smoke, gases, vapor, tar, ash, and natural condensation. Make sure your chimney is regularly cleaned to avoid creosote buildup.

  • Check Your HVAC Unit: Like most things in your home, your HVAC unit will degrade and breakdown over time. If it’s been awhile since you performed a maintenance check on the unit, it would probably be a good idea to do so. Something like a cracked heat exchanger can pose risks such as carbon monoxide poisoning, so it’s best to be safe and make sure the unit is in top shape.

  • Featured photo courtesy of Roberto Cipriano via Flickr