Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

November 02, 2016

Each year over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is put off by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the colder months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep your family safe, McKinley Heating Service Experts is here with some tips to safety heat your home.

 

  • Put in a CO detector on every floor of your home and replace the batteries every year.
  • Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as paper, clothing, bedding, or rugs, a minimum of three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
  • Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to verify the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
  • Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Power off space heaters and make sure all embers in the fireplace are totally extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Space heaters should always be placed on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like porcelain tile. Keep kids and animals away from space heaters.
  • When investing in a new space heater, buy a model that shuts off automatically if the heater tumbles over.
  • Don’t use a stove to increase the temperature in your home.
  • Have all stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and all types of furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned annually.

 

The ideal thing you can do for your heating system is to make sure it’s not only ready to keep your family warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your fall tune-up. During your heating tune-up, McKinley Heating Service Experts will check to ensure your heating system is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 780-800-7092 today and learn how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.

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