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Heating Safety Tips

February 7, 2014

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During the cold winter months you rely on your heating equipment to keep you warm inside your home. Now it’s more important than ever to keep your heating safety in mind. Your heating equipment is a machine, and as such it requires regular maintenance. If you don’t keep up with your heating equipment, it could malfunction and cause injury to you or damage to your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), just under one-half of all home fires occur in December, January and February. Don’t let your home become a statistic! At Jim Lavallee Plumbing & Heating, we know the safety of your home and family is extremely important to you. We value your safety too, so we’ve collected some of the best heating safety and furnace safety tips to keep you safe from harm this winter.

General Heating Safety Tips

According to the NFPA, in 2009 eighteen-percent of reported home fires were caused by heating equipment. So it is essential you keep these general heating safety tips in mind in the coming months:

  • Always follow the directions for any of your heating appliances
  • Don’t put anything too close to your fireplace or space heater
  • Have a reputable company install your heating equipment so you’re sure it is installed properly
  • Have your chimneys and fireplaces cleaned at least once a year to prevent buildup of creosote and other harmful byproducts
  • Make sure the fire in your fireplace is out before going to bed
  • Monitor children and pets around heating appliances, and use a screen where you can
  • Test your smoke alarms once a month
  • Use the appropriate fuel type in your heating appliances

When it comes to your heating safety, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Follow our general heating safety tips to protect your home and your family from fires.

Furnace Safety Tips

NFPA data shows there were 58,900 home fires caused by heating equipment in 2009. Your furnace is a big part of your home heating, so it’s important you also follow some furnace safety tips:

  • Check your furnace on a regular basis for any irregularities
  • Do not store items on or around your furnace – especially anything flammable
  • Have your furnace inspected at least once a year
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home
  • Only let a trustworthy company install your furnace so you know it’s done correctly
  • Replace your filter a few times a year

Assure Your Heating Safety with Jim Lavallee Plumbing & Heating

If you want to feel confident your heating equipment is working properly, call us! We can inspect your furnace and other HVAC equipment to make sure it’s working like it should. If it isn’t, we will recommend repairs or replacement – and then we’ll take care of that for you too! Don’t leave the safety of your  home and family up to chance this winter. Let us check out your heating and HVAC equipment so you can feel safe in your home.

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