Monday, October 28, 2013

How Safe Is Your Heating?

The right way to use alternative heating sources when fending off old man winter…

.The best defense may be maintenance of your home’s heating system. But, if you decide to give alternative heating a try, make safety a top priority.  The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) suggests: 
  • Look for products tested by Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
  • Buy models with automatic shut-off features and heat element guards
  • Maintain a 36-inch clearance between the heater and combustible materials, such as bedding, furniture, wall coverings or other flammable items. 
  • Do not leave a heater unattended.
  • Check every electrical cord for fraying and cracking.  If one looks worn, replace it before using.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in several parts of the house.
  • Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year and make sure to test them as well.

Other safety suggestions:

  • Never use a kerosene heater indoors.
  • Never use electric or gas stoves (ovens) to heat the home.  They are not intended for that purpose and can cause fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If using a wood fireplace, have inspected annually by a professional chimney sweep 
  • When using a gas fireplace, keep the glowing embers and logs clean; inspect and clean the air circulation passages and fan; avoid obstructing the vents.

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