During the winter we often hear about house fires caused by space heaters or other heating equipment. Learning safe ways to heat your home can prevent you and your family from becoming victims. Here are some of Anderson Restoration & Emergency Service’s top tips:

 

Heating System Checkup

 

While heating your house and maintaining your system might be pretty hefty expenses associated with owning a home, they’re also some of the most important. Homeowners should have their heating system evaluated by a service technician each year. You should also clean and replace your furnace filters once a month and clean all warm air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed.

Safely Use Space Heaters or Generators

 

Space heaters can provide homeowners with an inexpensive and efficient way of heating their home, but only if used in a safe and proper manner. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters…” When purchasing a space heater, make sure you get a newer model with an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. Find a model that has thermostatically control, which can help you avoid overheating a room.

 

Of the two types of space heaters, vented and unvented, only vented space heaters are safe to use in your home. Safety tips when operating a vented space heater include purchasing a sealed combustion heater or a “100% outdoor heater with a duct so that the indoor air quality is not adversely affected. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding what fuel to use.

Generators should be placed at least 20 feet from doors or windows in a space away from any rain or snow. If homeowners have electric generators, then they should not use them inside the garage or near open windows.

 

Safely Using a Fireplace

 

Fireplaces are where many family memories can be made, and if used properly, they can be a great source of warmth for your home. Jacksonville homeowners should make sure their fireplaces are properly vented to the outside to avoid gas leaks and ensure the fireplace screen is heavy and wide enough to prevent flying sparks and rolling logs. Homeowners should also have their chimney cleaned annually. Lastly, consider investing in a Carbon Monoxide Alarm to alert you of any leaks, and make sure the batteries are replaced every year.

Even though you may implement all of these safety measures and then some, fires from heating equipment are a small but possible risk. For Jacksonville homeowners experiencing fire damage, Anderson Restoration and Emergency Services provides onsite inspection and the latest fire damage restoration techniques to help homeowners assess the damage and clean and repair their homes like new. When you need our help, we’re just a phone call away.