Ensure your heating system is operating safely
Winter brings thoughts of cozying up by the fireplace, hot chocolate, and warm blankets. But winter also increases the potential for house fires and other safety concerns like carbon monoxide poisoning. Get your home prepared for winter with a few simple safety precautions.
Home Heating Safety Tips
It is always best to leave your furnace or heating repairs to a qualified professional. Gas and electricity can be dangerous. If you have any problems with your heating system TLC is always available to repair and service your heater.
Carbon Monoxide – Carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless and very dangerous. Getting a carbon monoxide test each year is a great preventative measure.
Smoke Detectors – Test your smoke detectors often to ensure they are working properly. Change batteries according to the type of detectors you have.
Red Tag Repair – If you receive a red tag it means it is dangerous to use your furnace. TLC offers 24-hour emergency service to get your system fixed and operating correctly.
Furnace Inspection – Get an annual furnace inspection before winter to ensure that your system is operating correctly and not emitting carbon monoxide.
Clean Chimney – Have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional to ensure that your fireplace or wood stove is safe and operational for winter.
Proper Heating Systems – Never use a gas stove or oven to heat your home. Be careful with space heaters as well, left unattended they can cause a fire.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Get a carbon monoxide detector for your home to alert you if there is carbon monoxide gas in your home.
Know The Systems – Learn the systems of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness and/or confusion. Get outside immediately if you suspect carbon monoxide.
Call A Professional – for service or repairs, even if you don’t feel comfortable lighting a pilot light. Do not troubleshoot furnace problems on your own. If you smell gas in your home call the gas company to check for a gas leak.